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Boris diagrees with Mr Cameron

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London Mayor Boris Johnson has said he will not accept "Kosovo-style social cleansing" of the capital due to a government cap on housing benefits.

Prime minister David Cameron said he did not agree with Mr Johnson's view, or the words he had used.

The government has limited the amount paid in benefits according to the size of a property, including a cap of £400 a week on a four-bedroom house.

Mr Johnson's comments came as MPs were set to debate the issue in Parliament.

The Tory mayor said he was in talks with the Conservative-led coalition government to "mitigate the impact".
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HOUSING BENEFIT CAP

* £250 for a one-bedroom property
* £290 for a two-bedroom property
* £340 for a three-bedroom property
* £400 for a four-bedroom property

* Nick Robinson's Newslog: Boris v Dave
* Housing benefit: Who loses out?
* Commentators debate cap

He told BBC London 94.9FM there was an "anomaly" in the housing benefit system which allows some landlords to make profit as "hard-working Londoners" pay.

Mr Johnson said: "The last thing we want to have in our city is a situation such as Paris where the less well-off are pushed out to the suburbs.

"I'll emphatically resist any attempt to recreate a London where the rich and poor cannot live together.

"People will always cry and say that I am at war with [the Prime Minister] David Cameron and try and get a headline out of that, but the fact is we are in detailed negotiations with the DWP, Iain Duncan Smith and his officials.
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Analysis

Ross Hawkins

Political correspondent

A source close to the London mayor says Boris Johnson held a "formal meeting" on housing benefit with the Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith last month and expects to hold another next month.

Mr Johnson's team are understood to be arguing for three options to ease the impact of housing benefit changes on Londoners.

They would like either direct housing benefit payments to landlords prepared to drop their rents below the level of the cap, or the doubling of a hardship fund known as the discretionary housing payment to £20m, or some exemptions for working households with children in schools for a limited period.

"What we will not see and we will not accept any kind of Kosovo-style social cleansing of London.

"On my watch, you are not going to see thousands of families evicted from the place where they have been living and have put down roots."

A spokesman for prime minister David Cameron said: "The prime minister does not agree with what Boris Johnson has said or indeed the way he said it. He thinks the policy is the right one."

Following the Spending Review, London Councils - which represents the capital's 32 boroughs - said up to 82,000 households could become homeless by next year due to the changes.

A spokesman said: "Boroughs are now talking to private landlords outside of the capital about procuring private properties in case they need to use them as temporary accommodation.

"This is of course a last resort. Boroughs don't want to move people into different homes outside of the capital - this causes disruption and comes at great cost.

"But unless the government takes on board the proper measures to prevent this housing crisis - like increasing a special hardship fund to help tenants who can't afford their rents - they might have no choice."

Labour mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone described this as "huge social cleansing out of central London", adding: "It's going to be a human tragedy on an amazing scale."


boy never thought I would salute Borls !

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maudikie

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London Mayor Boris Johnson has said he will not accept "Kosovo-style social cleansing" of the capital due to a government cap on housing benefits.

Prime minister David Cameron said he did not agree with Mr Johnson's view, or the words he had used.

The government has limited the amount paid in benefits according to the size of a property, including a cap of £400 a week on a four-bedroom house.

Mr Johnson's comments came as MPs were set to debate the issue in Parliament.

The Tory mayor said he was in talks with the Conservative-led coalition government to "mitigate the impact".
Continue reading the main story
HOUSING BENEFIT CAP

* £250 for a one-bedroom property
* £290 for a two-bedroom property
* £340 for a three-bedroom property
* £400 for a four-bedroom property

* Nick Robinson's Newslog: Boris v Dave
* Housing benefit: Who loses out?
* Commentators debate cap

He told BBC London 94.9FM there was an "anomaly" in the housing benefit system which allows some landlords to make profit as "hard-working Londoners" pay.

Mr Johnson said: "The last thing we want to have in our city is a situation such as Paris where the less well-off are pushed out to the suburbs.

"I'll emphatically resist any attempt to recreate a London where the rich and poor cannot live together.

"People will always cry and say that I am at war with [the Prime Minister] David Cameron and try and get a headline out of that, but the fact is we are in detailed negotiations with the DWP, Iain Duncan Smith and his officials.
Continue reading the main story
Analysis

Ross Hawkins

Political correspondent

A source close to the London mayor says Boris Johnson held a "formal meeting" on housing benefit with the Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith last month and expects to hold another next month.

Mr Johnson's team are understood to be arguing for three options to ease the impact of housing benefit changes on Londoners.

They would like either direct housing benefit payments to landlords prepared to drop their rents below the level of the cap, or the doubling of a hardship fund known as the discretionary housing payment to £20m, or some exemptions for working households with children in schools for a limited period.

"What we will not see and we will not accept any kind of Kosovo-style social cleansing of London.

"On my watch, you are not going to see thousands of families evicted from the place where they have been living and have put down roots."

A spokesman for prime minister David Cameron said: "The prime minister does not agree with what Boris Johnson has said or indeed the way he said it. He thinks the policy is the right one."

Following the Spending Review, London Councils - which represents the capital's 32 boroughs - said up to 82,000 households could become homeless by next year due to the changes.

A spokesman said: "Boroughs are now talking to private landlords outside of the capital about procuring private properties in case they need to use them as temporary accommodation.

"This is of course a last resort. Boroughs don't want to move people into different homes outside of the capital - this causes disruption and comes at great cost.

"But unless the government takes on board the proper measures to prevent this housing crisis - like increasing a special hardship fund to help tenants who can't afford their rents - they might have no choice."

Labour mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone described this as "huge social cleansing out of central London", adding: "It's going to be a human tragedy on an amazing scale."


boy never thought I would salute Borls !

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What do you intend to do with thehomeless? Many cannot find work, and many cnnot afford to travel to work even if there is one?
 
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Seems Boris is a man of straw, no sooner, Number 10 growls at him he folds !
it was to good to be true that at least one of this bunch had a heart!
up to 82,000 families face being made homeless and people put on to JSA from ESA, face a 10% cut to their housing benefit !
this cruel, heartless and typical of this government, some one compared it to the highland clearances ?
I have written to my MP about this and the TUC are launching a campaign against this.
I think we all have to oppose this very strongly.:mad:
 
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What about the promises mde by the last Government regarding the number of houses they were to build? In some places where they are or have rebuilt they are on the watershed, and liable to further flooding.
Why does everyone have to go to Univesity when we are in desperate need of craftsmen to build decent and affordble housing?
How many elderly people who have worked hard all their lives, and many fought for G.B. in World war 2 have now had to leave their homes as they can no longer afford them?
How many people who suffer from mental i llness are homeless - I don't mean the junkies although that is a disgrace! Why are there too few doctors and nurses to give the care to those who are really ill? There are so many qu estions to ask. The resuls are not Mr.Cameron's (I am not being political, I hope just fair) These are matters that should have received priority many years ago. But of course certain people who shall be nameless, now own ten properties, can afford medical and dental care, and honestly they don't give a damn.:evil:
 
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I fully agree the last lot promised much but delivered little
 
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