Looters or rioters who own their own homes will be punished through the justice system and they will keep their homes. This is unjust and undemocratic.
Furthermore, once a family has been evicted, where do they then turn for shelter? Having worked with people who have had to prove their homelessness status, I can attest that even victims of violence have a difficult enough time accessing social housing. How would people in receipt of state benefit find enough money to rent privately?
In the foreseeable future, if these evictions are not contested, we will have people sleeping rough on the streets. This is not a problem that will happen to somebody else, in somebody else’s town or somebody else’s street, the looters and rioters are from all over the UK, from all of our neighbourhoods.
Homelessness has its associated problems: drugs, alcohol, violence, theft. Who will we blame when the homeless are having to steal in order to eat?
We need more discussion on recovering costs, financial and emotional, from perpetrators through our justice system. Currently, state benefit claimants paying back a budgeting or crisis loan do so at about £7 p/w. This is entirely manageable and practical and will not leave the claimant completely destitute. Along with this idea, we need to explore community service and probation. With cuts to the public sector, the easy answer here would be to evict people that our government really does not care for, however, in the long term, we as a society will be the ones left to pick up the pieces.
With so many changes taking place, it is easy to get distracted by a worthier cause. We may lose our treasured NHS and with yet another social group affected by the policies of this government, it is difficult to keep on protecting individual rights. We must not let them think that we have forgotten about those people the government forgot about a long time ago.
Post-riot evictions – not in my name.
Please sign this petition if you want to help stop the knee-jerk eviction of families as a result of the riots.