As reported by George Monbiot

“This spring, the government dropped a clause into an unrelated bill so late that it could not be properly scrutinised by the House of Commons, criminalising the squatting of abandoned residential buildings”.

It is currently legal for squatters to live in vacant, neglected properties. They generally look after them and it provides a roof over their head for the very poor. The clause which the government inserted will now criminalise this use of vacant properties forcing these people on to the street and forcing them to claim housing benefit. It is estimated that this will cost up to £790m over three years and will cause more pressure for more social housing.

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