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FURIOUS REACTION TO SQUEEZE ON HOUSING ELIGIBILITY

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The Financial Times (p7) reports a 'furious protest' from opposition parties and pressure groups to the government'...
The Financial Times (p7) reports a 'furious protest' from opposition parties and pressure groups to the government's plans for homelessness.

The housing charity Shelter said they 'did nothing to increase the supply of affordable rent housing.'

Director Sheila McKechnie said: 'We urge the government not to change the law. This can only mean misery for the thousands of people in this country who are currently homeless or living in poor conditions.'

The Labour party said the plans were 'mean-spirited', the paper reported.

In The Daily Telegraph (p4) shadow housing minister John Battle said:

'This statement represents an attack on the basic rights to housing provision that not even Mrs Thatcher herself as Prime Minister was prepared to contemplate.'

Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Peter McGurk said that the proposals 'simply will not work.'

'The effect on children faced with a new home after 12 months will be horrific.'

Association of Metropolitan Authorities housing committee chair Margaret Moran said that the present system was working well, the paper reported.

But the Telegraph reported the Tory MP for Canterbury, Julian Brazier, as saying that the present legislation had been the origin o an 'unparalleled explosion of illegitimacy and the breakdown of family life'.

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