Typical Tory thinking: Treat the symptom, not the cause.

David Cameron seems to have noticed that people in poverty live on “sink” estates. Of course they do – such estates are defined as council housing characterised by high levels of economic and social deprivation. His solution: Bulldoze the estates and build nicer houses.

Except – of course – that won’t solve anything.

The new housing will cost money, meaning people can expect to be charged more to live in them. Will provision be made for the smaller accommodation required by people who have fallen foul of the Bedroom Tax, and will it make any improvement to their rent once the new costs are factored in? Doubtful.

All he is proposing is new estates for richer people, while the poorer are moved on – either to ghettoes elsewhere in the country or straight onto the streets.

And the causes of poverty – Cameron’s own neoliberal, right-wing policies – will remain.

Nearly a hundred of the UK’s worst sink estates could be bulldozed to make way for better homes as part of a “blitz” on poverty unveiled by David Cameron.

The prime minister pledged that “brutal high-rise towers” and “bleak” housing will be torn down in an effort to tackle drug abuse and gang culture.

Making a bid for the political centre ground the Tories believe has been abandoned by Jeremy Corbyn, Cameron said decades of neglect were behind the riots that swept England in 2011.

The £140m redevelopment programme is to be overseen by Michael Heseltine, who helped to transform the Liverpool and London docks in the 1980s. His estate regeneration advisory panel has been told to produce a full blueprint by the time of the chancellor’s autumn statement.

Source: David Cameron vows to ‘blitz’ poverty by demolishing UK’s worst sink estates | Society | The Guardian

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