Mayors and Council Leaders call for urgent extension of evictions ban
Mayors and Council Leaders call for urgent extension of evictions ban
Labour Metro Mayors, the Mayor of London and council leaders from across England have written to the Housing Secretary calling for an urgent extension of the ban on evictions, which is due to end on Sunday 23rd August.
Signed by elected representatives of millions of people, the letter urges the government to fulfil its promise that “no renter who has lost income due to coronavirus will be forced out of their home.”
Labour has been urging the government to extend the ban, with Labour Leader Keir Starmer saying: “Unless the Government extends the ban on evictions, provides more support for tenants and follows through on its promise to scrap no-fault evictions, tens of thousands of people risk losing their homes.”
The Housing Charity Shelter estimates that nearly a quarter of a million people are at risk of eviction because of Covid economic impact. Already, while the ban is in place, an estimated 20,000 people have been made homeless during the pandemic. Once the ban is lifted, under current law, anyone with two month’s arrears can be automatically evicted through the courts.
Thangam Debbonaire MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary said:
“The situation couldn’t be more urgent.
“The Government has three days to avoid a cliff edge, with thousands of people at risk of eviction and homelessness.
“The Government can still change course. They must extend the ban, and come out with a credible plan to protect renters during this crisis.”
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Full text of the letter
Dear Robert Jenrick,
We are writing as the elected representatives of millions of people across England to press the urgent need for an extension to the ban on evictions, which is due to end on Sunday 23rd August. We welcomed the Government’s decision to introduce the ban and to extend it. However, you have not used this time to prepare for what comes next.
In March, you promised “no renter who has lost income due to coronavirus will be forced out of their home, nor will any landlord face unmanageable debts.” However, you have so far not introduced the legislative changes and support for tenants that would make this a reality.
Before COVID, two thirds of private renting households, and eight in ten social rented households had no savings. In short, people renting their homes have little resilience to the shock of the COVID-19 crisis.
On top of this, renters are likely to be hardest hit. Compared to homeowners, renters are more likely to have seen their work status change significantly and income fall, according to research from Citizens Advice. Unfortunately, the government has done little to prevent people from falling into debt arrears during this crisis.
Shelter now estimates that nearly a quarter of a million people are at risk of eviction because of Covid economic impact. Already, while the ban is in place, an estimated 20,000 people have been made homeless during the pandemic. Once the ban is lifted, under current law, anyone with two month’s arrears can be automatically evicted through the courts.
As with the A Level, BTEC and GCSE results fiasco, the government has had several months’ notice of a growing crisis affecting thousands of people. We have long been warning that current policies will lead to a wave of evictions and homelessness this winter, potentially coinciding with a rise in COVID-19 infections. But this crisis is avoidable if you act quickly and decisively.
Together, as the elected representatives of millions of people across England, we are calling on you to urgently extend the ban on evictions, and make good on your promise, that no-one lose their home as a result of COVID.
We look forward to your response. We will work with the government constructively to support everyone affected by this situation.
|Sadiq||Khan||Mayor of London|
|Steve||Rotheram||Mayor of Liverpool City Region|
|Jamie||Driscoll||Mayor of North of Tyne|
|Councillor||Darren||Rodwell||Leader of the Council||Barking & Dagenham|
|Councillor||Ann||Thomson||Leader of the Council||Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council|
|Councillor||Gavin||Callaghan||Leader of the Council||Basildon Borough Council|
|Councillor||Ian||Ward||Leader of the Council||Birmingham City Council|
|Councillor||Susan||Hinchcliffe||Leader of the Council||Bradford Metropolitan District Council|
|Mayor||Marvin||Rees||Executive Mayor||Bristol City Council|
|Councillor||Timothy||Swift||Leader of the Council||Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council|
|Councillor||Georgia||Gould||Leader of the Council||Camden Council|
|Councillor||Sam||Corcoran||Leader of the Council||Cheshire East Council|
|Councillor||Louise||Gittins||Leader of the Council||Cheshire West and Chester Council|
|Councillor||Tricia||Gilby||Leader of the Council||Chesterfield Borough Council|
|Councillor||Alistair||Bradley||Leader of the Council||Chorley District Council|
|Councillor||Tom||Beattie||Leader of the Council||Corby Borough Council|
|Councillor||George||Duggins||Leader of the Council||Coventry City Council|
|Councillor||Tony||Newman||Leader of the Council||Croydon Council|
|Councillor||Simon||Henig||Leader of the Council||Durham County Council|
|Councillor||Julian||Bell||Leader of the Council||Ealing Council|
|Councillor||Martin||Gannon||Leader of the Council||Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council|
|Councillor||Danny||Thorpe||Leader of the Council||Greenwich Council|
|Mayor||Philip||Glanville||Executive Mayor||Hackney Council|
|Councillor||Mark||Ingall||Leader of the Council||Harlow Council|
|Councillor||Graham||Henson||Leader of the Council||Harrow Council|
|Councillor||Anthony||McKeown||Leader of the Council||High Peak|
|Councillor||Steve||Curran||Leader of the Council||Hounslow Council|
|Councillor||David||Ellesmere||Leader of the Council||Ipswich Borough Council|
|Councillor||Richard||Watts||Leader of the Council||Islington Council|
|Councillor||Shabir||Pandor||Leader of the Council||Kirklees Council|
|Councillor||Jack||Hopkins||Leader of the Council||Lambeth Council|
|Councillor||Erica||Lewis||Leader of the Council||Lancaster City Council|
|Councillor||Judith||Blake||Leader of the Council||Leeds City Council|
|Mayor||Damien||Egan||Executive Mayor||Lewisham Council|
|Councillor||Richard||Metcalfe||Leader of the Council||Lincoln Council|
|Mayor||Joe||Anderson||Executive Mayor||Liverpool City Council|
|Councillor||Hazel||Simmons||Leader of the Council||Luton Borough Council|
|Sir||Richard||Leese||Leader of the Council||Manchester City Council|
|Councillor||Peter||Marland||Leader of the Council||Milton Keynes Council|
|Councillor||Nick||Forbes||Leader of the Council||Newcastle Upon Tyne Council|
|Mayor||Rokhsana||Fiaz||Executive Mayor||Newham Council|
|Councillor||Sean||Fielding||Leader of the Council||Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council|
|Councillor||Susan||Brown||Leader of the Council||Oxford City Council|
|Councillor||Mohammed||Iqbal||Leader of the Council||Pendle Borough Council|
|Councillor||Tudor||Evans||Leader of the Council||Plymouth City Council|
|Councillor||Matthew||Brown||Leader of the Council||Preston City Council|
|Councillor||Jason||Brock||Leader of the Council||Reading Borough Council|
|Councillor||Allen||Brett||Leader of the Council||Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council|
|Councillor||Steve||Siddons||Leader of the Council||Scarborough Borough Council|
|Councillor||Ian||Maher||Leader of the Council||Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council|
|Councillor||Julie||Dore||Leader of the Council||Sheffield City Council|
|Councillor||James||Swindlehurst||Leader of the Council||Slough Borough Council|
|Councillor||Paul||Foster||Leader of the Council||South Ribble Borough Council|
|Councillor||Iain||Malcolm||Leader of the Council||South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council|
|Councillor||Chris||Hammond||Leader of the Council||Southampton City Council|
|Councillor||Ian||Gilbert||Leader of the Council||Southend-on-Sea Borough Council|
|Councillor||Peter||John||Leader of the Council||Southwark Council|
|Councillor||David||Baines||Leader of the Council||St Helens Council|
|Councillor||Sharon||Taylor||Leader of the Council||Stevenage District Council|
|Councillor||Bob||Cook||Leader of the Council||Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council|
|Councillor||Graeme||Miller||Leader of the Council||Sunderland City Council|
|Councillor||Roger||Truelove||Leader of the Council||Swale Borough Council|
|Councillor||Brenda||Warrington||Leader of the Council||Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council|
|Councillor||Shaun||Davies||Leader of the Council||Telford & Wrekin Council|
|Councillor||Rick||Everitt||Leader of the Council||Thanet District Council|
|Mayor||John||Biggs||Executive Mayor||Tower Hamlets Borough Council|
|Councillor||Denise||Jeffrey||Leader of the Council||Wakefield Metropolitan District Council|
|Councillor||Clare||Coghill||Leader of the Council||Waltham Forest|
|Councillor||David||Molyneux||Leader of the Council||Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council|
|Councillor||Simon||Greaves||Leader of the Council||Bassetlaw District Council|
|Councillor||Eamonn||O’Brien||Leader of the Council||Bury Metropolitan Borough Council|
|Mayor||Norma||Redfearn||Executive Mayor||North Tyneside Council|
|Councillor||Elise||Wilson||Leader of the Council||Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council|
|Councllor||Doina||Cornell||Leader of the Council||Stroud District Council|
|Councillor||Russ||Bowden||Leader of the Council||Warrington Borough Council|