I’d like to thank the Yorkshire Evening Post for reporting the
shocking shortage of affordable housing in Leeds (YEP, January 8). It
is outrageous that Councillor Les Carter dismisses the figures so
glibly. Doesn’t he realise that these numbers represent real people
who have to live in deplorable circumstances? Families with children
are forced to camp out in the homes of family or friends, because they
have nowhere else to go. This causes intolerable strain on personal
relationships, health and the education of children.
Even when homes do become available it is unlikely that local people
are in with a chance. In Rothwell where I live many of the homes that
are let by the council go to people from outside the area, leaving
local people to suffer in silence.
Thank goodness that Labour Councillor Richard Lewis wants to do
something about helping local people by calling for more affordable
housing for sale and for rent. It’s a shame that Councillor Carter
doesn’t care about the suffering his Tory run council is causing.
Town Street, Carlton, Rothwell