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“We should have been doing this for years”: How a radical scheme in one London borough helped over 300 families avoid eviction

Every day over 170 evictions take place across the UK. A Lewisham credit union wants more areas to adopt their simple solution

By Jason Murugesu  

The pioneering scheme in Lewisham focusses on no-interest loans. Photo: Prospect composite

If you want to know where people are being evicted in the UK, don’t look to the poorest towns in the UK—look to the towns where the poorest families live in private housing. There are over 170 evictions a day in England Wales. The majority of which involve young children.

Evictions are a costly business. Housing Associations can lose up to £30,000 on every social housing eviction. And yet the cost of avoiding eviction for an individual family is relatively…

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