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UK’s plan to pump billions into broken housing system won’t help those weeks away from post-Covid homelessness

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Although the sun is shining, August 2020 will be a dark month for millions of people as companies start to realistically look at their businesses and cut their cloth accordingly. Some employees are being asked to take voluntary wage cuts – a grim process even without a deep economic depression and a pandemic in the background. Yet Rishi Sunak, the chancellor of the exchequer, has chosen to bet our money on a broken housing system that has been failing the working class for 40 years.

The job retention scheme has undoubtedly supported millions of families throughout the country since March to keep their heads just above water, along with a temporary stop on landlords being able to use the courts and bailiffs to evict people from their homes. Those measures, which have been giving people a relative feeling of safety, will end later this month, and those who have struggled to pay the rent, the council tax or to keep up with debt repayments will be at the mercy of landlords, courts and bailiffs – for millions of people today these are terrifying and real scenarios.

Throughout March, April, May, June and July, there was a daily government briefing on the situation which included numbers of Covid-19 tests, deaths, and use of public transport along with announcements of economic, social and........

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