I understand that the government’s view is that social housing tenants whose children live with them and are convicted of looting should be evicted from their homes. The law already allows
for this, although only if the criminal act occurred within the borough in which the family lives, and the Department for Communities and Local Government is encouraging councils and housing
associations to use these powers. Although, the final decision on any eviction would be for the courts.

Personally, I think there might be a case for broadening this out. The problem with the current approach is that it lets off those dead-beat dads who take no interest at all in the upbringing and
disciplining of their children. It is surely worth considering whether these absentee fathers should face some sanction when people who are, after all, their children, misbehave?

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