Hundreds face eviction threat
High rents and welfare changes to blame
NEARLY 1,000 people in Hillingdon are facing eviction, new analysis of official government data shows.
Landlord possession claims were issued on 378 households in the borough between July 1, 2014 and September 30, 2014, according to Ministry of Justice (MoJ) figures.
A possession claim is the first stage in a court process that can end in eviction.
By multiplying the number of affected households by the average number of occupants for the area, homelessness charity Shelter has calculated that a total of 945 people in the borough are impacted.
The charity, which helps people struggling with bad housing or homelessness
TJG1ST and aims to prevent it, said: “With a combination of sky-high rents in the capital, unstable shortterm tenancies and welfare changes continuing to leave many families on a financial knife-edge, the charity is expecting even more people to be in desperate need of its assistance in the coming year.”
According to the analysis, more than 31,000 people across London are at risk of eviction.
Shelter says it is now receiving more than 300 calls a month from Londoners facing eviction – an increase of almost 40 per cent compared to two years ago.
The charity is urging Londoners to take part in its biggest fundraiser of the year, Vertical Rush, at Tower 42, in Old Broad Street, City of London, on March 3.
Participants will race up all 932 steps of the tower – the third tallest skyscraper in the City of London – with the aim of raising £360,000 for the charity’s emergency helpline.
Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: “Being told that you could lose your home is a frightening reality for anyone.
“As the capital’s chronic shortage of affordable homes continues to push rents sky high, it’s getting harder and harder for families to keep a roof over their heads.
“When the worst happens, Shelter is often the only place where people can turn for help.
“Our advisers can be the difference between a family losing their home and keeping it.”
To sign up to the fundraiser, visit www. shelter.org.uk/verticalrush.