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30-04-2012

No choice but poverty or homelessness

I知 25. I have been forced to move from the inner London borough that I grew up in and have lived in since birth, to an outer-London borough away from friends, family and the community I have invested 25 years in. I知 not alone. I知 a low paid part-time worker with a decent degree and the soaring inner London house prices have meant I, alongside presumably hundreds of other working class young people, have been forced out to make way for a growing gentrification of the capital.

I知 25. I have been forced to move from the inner London borough that I grew up in and have lived in since birth, to an outer-London borough away from friends, family and the community I have invested 25 years in. I知 not alone. I知 a low paid part-time worker with a decent degree and the soaring inner London house prices have meant I, alongside presumably hundreds of other working class young people, have been forced out to make way for a growing gentrification of the capital.

I am paid just over 」320 per month minimum wage for approx. 12 hours per week. My rent for a room in a shared two-bedroom flat is 」470 per month. This is 」200-300 less than what I would pay for a similar room in the area I grew up. As you can see, the maths just doesn稚 add up.

The government say they want to help low paid workers. That low paid workers shouldn稚 suffer whilst the unemployment get 喪ewarded with benefits.

So what痴 there to help young people faced with situations like mine? Housing Benefit used to be there to help plug the shortfall in my rent but the age at which you can claim full housing benefit has gone up from 25 to 35. If you are under 35, like me, you can now only claim SAR (Single Accomodation Rate), for a single room in a shared house and there is a limit to how much you can claim. The SAR I do get doesn稚 go to help me, it goes into my account and then straight to my unknowing greedy landlord who has multiple properties in the area.

As a result I知 left with 」145 per month to live on. This is impossible. What option do I have? Move back in with my parents who have had to take on a lodger to help get by? Move out of London and lose my part-time job whilst unemployment is rocketing? There is no option. Poverty and/or homelessness is the only thing faced by myself and other young people thanks to this government of the rich and for the rich.

What痴 more, I miss my community and the borough I know more than ever.

Down and Out in London

For more see http://londonersforcedout.com/