A tale of two cities as London and new poor line for free food

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    In the heart of London’s theatre district, opposite the Savoy hotel, where rooms cost 700 euros per night, dozens of people patiently waiting.
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In the heart of London’s theatre district, opposite the Savoy hotel, where rooms cost 700 euros per night, dozens of people patiently waiting.

In the heart of London’s theatre district, opposite the Savoy hotel, where rooms cost 700 euros per night, dozens of people patiently waiting.

In curvy lines near the branch of Coutts & co, bankers to the Queen, shows portrait of modern London: men and women of all ages and nationalities, some speak English and some Polish in the middle of a cacophony of other languages.

But they do not exist for transactions on tickets to a show in the West end or table in the joint, Gordon Ramsay. They are there handouts of food.

The images of the rich alongside the poor, the homeless and the soup kitchens are not new in the city that inspired Charles Dickens and George Orwell, or even unique among major cities. But in Britain today, they reflect the public’s greater burden in the UK out of the EU continuing desire to leave the European Union – drains political energy and attention from dealing with other pressing issues.

The policies of governments were paralyzed, unable to eliminate the causes of frustration that resulted in 2016 to vote for a quarter and a month and eight years and nearly $ 140 billion (€159bn) spending cuts hit public services and social assistance. In London, of wealth and glamour, the most global city of Europe the mask of the struggling underclass in jobs that don’t pay enough enough to. “I don’t have a lot of food, so I need to get it somewhere,” says Sean Gibson (41) is at the end of the line patiently waiting for his dinner from the pink tent run by the friends of the Essex and London the homeless. He said that he could not earn enough to pay rent and eat as a courier to deliver food. At most, he says he was earning £960 every six weeks in the city, where average monthly rent is about two times more. “Here’s half the rent is £600 and above. How can people afford it? This is ridiculous,” he said.

Britain is increasingly becoming a country of parallel universes. Employment is at a record due to flexible employment contracts, as Gibson, the economy is healthy enough for the Bank of England to increase borrowing costs and absolute poverty are at a record low.

In the Fund’s report Resolution brain found the standard of living last year rose at their slowest pace since 2012. The restoration of income after the global financial crisis even went back for the poorest 30 families, he said.

While London is the richest region in Northern Europe, the UK is also home to nine of the 10 poorest regions.

Public spending in the UK fell to about 38pc of gross domestic product from 45pc in 2010, according to the office for budget responsibility. Shelter research found that 55pc of homeless families in temporary accommodation work. 33,000 families represent 73pc increase from 2013, according to research based on freedom of information requests.

“Everyone fights for himself now,” Mohammad Nazir, Cabinet member for housing in Slough, the city Council on the outskirts of London, said after a meeting in Parliament on homelessness. “Public consciousness is rapidly disappearing”.

Prime Minister Theresa may, meanwhile, is struggling daily to keep their lead. Eight government members quit Smoking recently, she said the British exit from the EU “road map”. Policy was firefighting as the clock ticks down to the official British departure from the EU.

Been so for many years, four different Ministers of housing. Policies aimed at reducing homelessness generally in the shade, said Neil Coyle, Labour policy, co-chair of the parliamentary all-party group on homelessness.

“We call it ‘neglexit” he said. “It is when every other major policy issues are overlooked for the quarter and month.”

“It is very difficult for us to judge if someone is or is not homeless, because we had people dressed very nicely, and they make an effort,” said Stephen Stewart who set up the friends of the Essex and London homeless charity 18 months ago with his wife. “We believe that homelessness, like the man sleeping in a doorway under a blanket, but it is on many levels now.” Harriet (21) East London estate agent, fell into the ranks of the homeless when the lease on her apartment in the beginning of this year has expired. Then she rented rooms through Airbnb for two months.

“I lived in a terrible apartment with four rooms and the rest were rented to people who were Smoking joints in the kitchen or travelers,” said Harriet, who refused to be identified by her full name. “I’m constantly worried, not finding the room.”

In London the number of “hidden homeless” can be 13 times more than the numbers on the street. As many as 12,500 people have no fixed abode, although they are not included in the statistics. And the number of sleepers on night buses more than doubled to 213 by the winter of 2015 and 2016 of one season in 2012 and 2013, according to the city hall.

Phil, who did not want to give his full name, now living in the area of metro station, near the Parliament building. “You’re just one check from the streets,” he said. “A lot of people don’t understand that.” (Bloomberg)

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