Allocations Policy Versus Community

A Mother and son in an ‘under-occupied’ 3 bedroom flat apply to swap with family of 4 in overcrowded 2 bedroom flat, including the daughter and two grandchildren of the Mother. Something in everyone’s interest, especially Southwark’s. But it has been rejected.
Four of the six people involved have lived in Juniper since they were born.
The son has no rights to the flat he has lived in all his life, and will eventually be rehoused, if lucky, or more likely evicted. And his sister will have to continue to live in an overcrowded flat. Everyone’s lives are made more difficult and the community suffers.
Southwark’s allocations policy stinks, even if it is ‘the law’.


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