This rather amuses:
A shortage of private accommodation in London could mean homeless people are moved as far away as Hull, where rents are cheaper, housing charities are warning. They fear there will be an exodus from the capital of people at the bottom of the housing ladder as the coalition\’s Localism Act, which comes into force this spring, empowers local authorities to place homeless people in private rented accommodation.
At least one London council, Croydon, is seeking to rent private accommodation in Hull and several other Yorkshire towns. It has also rented property in St Leonards on Sea on the Sussex coast. Other councils are predicted to follow suit, according to housing experts.
Now, the people complaining about this are those who at the same time insist that government must anticipate, plan for and produce the desired housing.
Not quite what I believe but let\’s run with it. Let us create a rational planner.
What\’s the first thing that rational planner is going to do? Note that there\’s a number of people living in London without the means to afford housing in London. And no particular economic reason for living in London either. She\’s also going to note that\’s there\’s great swathes of housing up North which is indeed affordable. And given that there\’s no particular economic reason for those in London to be in London why shouldn\’t they be on benefits up North in the much cheaper housing?
This will be, after all, greatly to the benefit of society even if a bit tough on the personal liberty side. But then that\’s what planning of all these things is about, doing what is best for society, yes?
So you can see the amusement: the Statists, the planners, those who insist that society is more important than the desires of any mere individual, are in something of a bind. The current reforms to the housing market are producing exactly what a rational planner would produce. The poor are sent off to be poor in cheap housing, individual desires be damned.
But they don\’t seem to like the outcome of that very planning that they advocate. Odd really…..