- Created: Wednesday, 20 February 2013 16:22
- Written by Louis Brehony
Camden council has announced plans to contact 761 working class households to tell them that they can no longer afford to live in their homes. The Condem government's benefits cap will affect 2,816 adults and children who depend on housing benefits in Camden. And the Labour Council’s response? ‘Get out!’
The cap in housing benefits of £175 for a family means that they will no longer be able to afford to live in Camden or anywhere else in the south east. For 2 and 3-bedroom homes in Camden the local housing allowances are £300 and £340 a week but average private rent is £445; Camden has the fourth highest rents in the country. The households affected have an average of three children and would need to find an average of £91 each per week to pay their rent. 900 children could be forced out of their schools and their education disrupted. Labour is conniving in the expulsion of the poorest people in the borough and Bradford, Birmingham and Leicester have been suggested as possible places to move them to. Meanwhile, 56 councillors share £807,473 in allowances per year (April 2010 – March 2011) – 14,400 per councillor.