Rising Rents and Benefit Cuts Push Low-Income Renters Out of UK Cities
A new study reveals that the social fabric of the UK's major cities is undergoing a significant transformation due to high rents and reductions in housing benefits. This is leading to the "suburbanisation" of poverty, with low-income private renters being pushed out of inner cities and into more affordable housing on the outskirts. The phenomenon, driven by rising rents, gentrification, and the sale of social homes, is causing poorer individuals to have less access to public transport, jobs, and vital services, deepening the divide between rich and poor.
The study, conducted by the University of Glasgow, found that in the UK's ten largest cities, one in nine private renters were displaced from central areas to suburban locations over an eight-year period leading up to 2020. This trend underscores the impact of policy shifts and the rising costs of inner-city renting, raising questions about the social and economic consequences of these changes and their long-term effects on cities.