Blame games and the elephant in the room

This lengthy piece from the (thankfully) resurrected Yellow Advertiser deals with a council report on the issue of child homelessness in Basildon: ‘Broken’ housing market leaves Basildon with one of UK’s worst child homelessness rates, says council. It places this in context, covering the loss of stock due to the ‘right to buy’, the loss of properties used for temporary accommodation due to estate re-development and last but by no means least, the use of housing stock by London boroughs to house their homeless.

This is what the leader of Basildon Council, Cllr. Gavin Callaghan (Lab) had to say on the issue of London boroughs in bidding wars to secure private rental properties for their socially cleansed homeless: “We have seen cases, in houses where Basildon residents were staying but there was a private landlord, where those residents were thrown out of those homes because the landlords were going to…

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