'Tories a byword for incompetence after last-minute eviction ban U-turn'


At the eleventh hour the Government has extended the ban on evictions brought in at the start of the coronavirus crisis.

If ministers expect any thanks for this move, they are mistaken. This was a decision which should have been taken weeks ago, not hours before the deadline expired.

They are yet to remove the threat of eviction for tens of thousands of tenants. By extending the ban until September 20, they have postponed the anxiety rather than resolve it.

The fear of losing a home still hangs over more than 200,000 people who have fallen into arrears because of the Covid crisis.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick had to be shamed into taking action by Labour, charities and local government leaders. They all warned that lifting the ban on evictions would lead to a rise in homelessness and possibly a surge in coronavirus cases.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick

This is yet another last-minute U-turn by an administration which has become a byword for incompetence.

What is needed now is a sustainable solution that works for tenants and landlords.

It’s not hot air

Several beach huts being washed into the sea as heavy winds battered Britain

 

If you think the weather has become more unpredictable, you are not wrong.

It is no fluke that in just a few days we have gone from a record-breaking heatwave to being battered by Storm Ellen.

Experts say these extreme weather swings are the consequence of the climate crisis. They fear these wild fluctuations will become more common as the planet continues to heat up.

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This is bad news for farmers, holidaymakers and the tourism industry.

It is crucial that we improve flood defences, protect our country’s uniquely beautiful natural environment and invest in a green economy.

A camp squib

The tent was pitched in a field near the cottage rented by the couple

 

Even on holiday Boris Johnson managed to leave a trail of chaos in his wake.

The Prime Minister pitched his tent without permission, lit a dangerous campfire and then left his minders to clear up the mess.

You could say it is the perfect metaphor for how he runs the country.





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