Around 90 households in The New Era estate in Hoxton, London have been snapped up by Tory MP Richard Benyon’s £110million family firm, which promptly announced plans for a massive rent hike. The residents, now unable to meet the rent – face eviction.
The Benyon Scam
While soaring house prices have driven ordinary families out of vast swathes of the UK – particularly the capital where the average price of a home rocketed by 18.5% last year – these residents have been able to shelter from the profiteering that had created this wealth-based exodus.
But now, tenants of the East London estate are braced for Benyons’ plan to charge “market rents” – this will treble their bills.
Distraught Debra Cox, 49, who has lived there for 18 years, said:
“This is social cleansing – this has always been a form of social housing and they just want rid of us.
“I have been to the council and was told we don’t have a chance of being rehoused.”
Benyon is a prime example of the revolving door of complicity in the UK’s housing and debt crisis. While slamming welfare, Benyon makes £625k a year from Housing Benefit paid to tenants in his over priced properties.
As Eileen Short, of Defend Council Housing, puts it:
“How dare Richard Benyon lecture us about ‘something for nothing’ when he is living off the poorest and milking taxpayers all the way to the bank?
“It’s not tenants who gain from housing benefit, but some of the richest people in Britain. They get richer at our expense – and blame us while they’re at it.”
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