Private Rented Sector

Part of Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 2:02 pm on 25th June 2014.

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Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Labour, Hayes and Harlington 2:02 pm, 25th June 2014

Suitable accommodation is non-existent. Firefighters in the Hayes station were commuting from Devon and Cornwall. It is very difficult to find anyone in public service locally who can afford a property in the area.

This means that the overcrowding in my constituency is appalling. In the 40 years that I have lived there, I have not seen it on such a scale before. People tell me it is as bad as it was after the second world war. We complain about kids being out on the streets and joining gangs, but overcrowding means that kids are forced out on to the streets, and they become incredibly vulnerable. Think about a child going home and having to do homework in the room where the other kids are having tea, or having their bedroom in the room where they have to do their homework either on their knees or on the bed. The social impact is horrendous.