‘London More Expensive Than Birmingham’ SHOCK!

More than twice as many families in one London borough will be hit by the £26,000 benefits cap as in the whole of Birmingham, it was revealed today.

Well, blow me down! Who’da thunk it?

Minister for children and families Sarah Teather, who is Liberal Democrat MP for Brent Central, has warned that the cap could force people out of their homes and was absent during the key votes on the welfare reforms.

It was so important, she was elsewhere when it was decided?

The figures from the Department for Work and Pensions also appear to undermine claims that the cap could lead to an exodus from central London to outer boroughs.

Four out of six areas that will be worse hit than Birmingham are outer London boroughs.

I bet I can name them…

They are Brent, Ealing with 2,200 households affected, Enfield 2,200 and Newham 2,100. The other two boroughs are Westminster, 2,800, and Tower Hamlets, 1,700.

I was right!

A DWP source said: “The cap is there to restore fairness to the system that has spiralled out of control.”These figures show that it is simply not the case that families on benefits will be forced out of parts of central London as some people claim. It does show, that benefit claimants, like those who work, will face decisions about where they want to live based on what they can afford.”

It does seem to me as if those last two sentances are contradicting each other sslightly…

Town halls in London have called for the cap to be “regionalised” to lessen its impact on the capital.Ministers have argued that some people may have to move but expect them to be able to find other accommodation in the same or a neighbouring borough.

London being a big place, there’s a lot of ‘neighbouring boroughs’ within travelling distance.

An impact assessment of the reforms showed 17 boroughs will see more than 1,000 households affected including Barnet, Camden, Westminster, Croydon, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Redbridge and Wandsworth.

It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out…

9 comments for “‘London More Expensive Than Birmingham’ SHOCK!

  1. Johnnydub
    February 16, 2012 at 11:54 am

    It’s interesting to note that lefties who hate hereditary privilege when applied to the House of Lords, seem enthusiastically in favour of it when applies to Housing benefit recipients in wealthy areas..

    Might they be.. shock horror… hypocritical bastards?

  2. February 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Shouldn’t be a benefits cap, but specifically a housing benefit cap. Long term unemployed should be assisted to relocate to free up accommodation in high-demand areas, as well as to try their luck at employment elsewhere.

    The real villains of the piece are the Rachman-type landlord sucking on the DWP’s bosom, and the open-border policy allowing hewers of wood and drawers of water to be undercut by imported – and heavily exploited and densely housed – labour.

    • February 17, 2012 at 7:28 am

      Agreed! But we can’t (yet) do anything about the latter, it seems…

  3. john in cheshire
    February 16, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    These immigrants always have a plan B. Which is more than the rightful heirs of our nation. If they don’t like living here; if they don’t like looking for work; if they don’t want to integrate and abide by our ways of doing things; then they can always sod off. We can’t because believe it or not, this is our home, our land and our civilisation. These entities came here for GOD knows what reasons; we didn’t ask for them to come, we don’t really need them to be here; but since they are here (and until I am made dictator, so I can expel every single immigrant) we are stuck with them. The least that these ungrateful bas**rds can do is actually show some gratitude and some commitment to living to our ideals. That goes for showing your ugly mugs in public and dressing like the locals.
    I also don’t want immigrants voting in our elections. Why on earth should someone who has recently arrive, and more pertinently, is taking my money to sustain himself and his extended family, be allowed to have a say in how we, the English peoples, arrange our affairs.
    Until we begin to teach our children in our schools about the evils of socialism, and the Labour party in particular, we will continue to spew out more and more socialist brain-dead clones who are complicit in destroying the civilisation that has taken at least 2000 years to construct.

  4. nemesis
    February 16, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    As you say Julia, it will be interesting how this plays out. I would not be unduly surprised if rents came down. If you subsidise anything – you create extra demand for it by sending a false price signal and distorting the market. I doubt anyone really knows the true cost of their home as interest rates are being kept artificially low. Once you start down this route of subsidy it is very difficult to correct it without disasterous consequences.

  5. February 16, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    A DWP source said: “The cap is there to restore fairness to the system that has spiralled out of control.

    Ah. Fairness. Yes.

  6. February 16, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    @JiC: I was careful to say that it’s the policy at fault, not the imported labour. Not met ungrateful b’s among those, yet. What I see going on is the recruitment of (some) excitable youths born here – always a good place for revolutionaries to recruit. One 15-year-old NEET I knew on a project to bring such back into the fold, got religion as part of his attempt to straighten out and get off the “bud”, but a beautifully-produced CD of prayerful song he was given started in on the Jews about 20 minutes in, just when the mind would be most relaxed and receptive. The lad was a great kid, if not very bright, but it only takes a handful of dangerous, manipulative older guys to start winding them up. Problem is penetrating that nexus to find out who’s organising.

    I’d say most first and later generation immigrants are the same as anyone else – want work and family and a quiet life.

    • john in cheshire
      February 16, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      I’d say that there are probably many nice immigrants. But why can’t they be nice somewhere else?

      • Inspector Morose
        February 17, 2012 at 7:31 am

        Yes,yes, apparently we’re supposed to believe they’re all regular captains of industry and paragons of virtue as soon as they set foot on English soil, and English people would be dying like flies without them.

        And yet their own countries are, by and large, grimness personified, and we coped perfectly well up until comparatively recently.

        It’s a mystery fit for Scooby-Doo, is it not ?

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