Some things need nippng in the bud. So here’s a long and probably quite boring explanation of why Dave Hill’s recent claims in the Guardian that social cleansing is not taking place in London are a load of bollocks.
Hill based his recent piece on research carried out by the New Policy Institute think tank which examined the number of moves made by housing benefits claimants both within the capital and from London to other parts of the UK. It found that the number of London claimants who moved house has changed little between 2010 and 2015. As such the report’s authors conclude that housing benefit cuts have not caused the social cleansing of the city that many feared.
This led the Hill to declare that we should forget about social cleansing and instead focus on the poverty that has been caused by housing benefit cuts, saying that households had…
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