Other factors are pushing Camden people, perhaps especially families, further into London\’s social margins. The capping and cutting of current claims for housing benefit looks likely to be pushed back, but has already had an effect. Blackwell says the council has stopped directing its homeless to private rented sector properties that coincide with the Zone 1 travel area of expensive central London. It knows such dwellings will soon be rendered unaffordable. Many lie in a neighbourhood that was once notoriously synonymous with cheap places to live. \”What has become of us?\” asks Blackwell, dryly.
It\’s clear what could become of up to 3,000 claimant households on his patch. They\’ll either have to squeeze into somewhere smaller locally or become part of the migration to the less pricey suburbs,
Insisting that poor people live in cheap housing?