15_may_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,086

Friday 15 May 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Let’s keep talking about extremism. In housing!

“The number of tenants evicted from their homes is at a six-year high.”

“County court bailiffs in England and Wales evicted more than 11,000 families in the first three months of 2015, an increase of 8% on the same period last year and 51% higher than five years ago.” Five years ago, when you entered number 10.

“The increase in the number of tenants losing their homes means 2015 is on course to break last year’s record levels. Nearly 42,000 families were evicted from rental accommodation in 2014, the highest number since records began in 2000.”

“The latest repossession statistics, published by the Ministry of Justice, reveal the highest number of evictions in a single quarter since 2009, when comparable records began, with nearly 126 families forced out every day.”

“In the first three months of the year, 64% of possession claims were made by social landlords. These 27,204 court actions came alongside 5,551 made by private landlords and 9,741 accelerated claims, which could have been by either social or private landlords.”

We are experiencing a housing crisis of unprecedented proportions and there is only one government and one party responsible for this catastrophe. Yours!

This is a national emergency about which you are doing nothing although housing minister, Brandon Lewis said, “There are strong protections in place to guard families against the threat of homelessness.” Really, Mr Cameron? The data says otherwise, reality says otherwise, the victims say otherwise. This has happened on your watch, under your government. You are quick enough to claim every success you can cunningly manufacture, this is a monumental failure although Iain Duncan Smith may well spin it as the success of his welfare reforms which are designed to penalise people.

Talking about her new counter-extremism bill on the Today programme on Wednesday, Theresa May said, “One of the great things about living in the United Kingdom is that we all have a right to live our lives as we choose to live our lives.” Really, Mr Cameron? It’s your government that is planning to scrap our human rights.