STOKE: WE DON’T WANT LONDONERS
AN overcrowded London borough asked Stoke to find homes for their poorest residents – only to be told, “We’re full”.
Deprived Newham Council asked more than 1,000 organisations – including the City of Stoke on Trent – to take in folks.
Labour-run Newham has been accused of “social cleansing” over its plan to move poor tenants out of the borough.
But now Stoke-on-trent has waded in, saying they have no room in the Potteries for a large influx.
Stoke-on-trent’s Brighter Futures Housing Association said the city was “already under pressure”.
Gill Brown, chief executive of Brighter Futures, said the association had been offered a “premium price” to find accommodation for up to 500 families from Newham.
She added: “I’m quite surprised and shocked that anyone would make such a proposal without really thinking carefully about the impact both on the people being moved up and our communities in Stoke.
“The real issue for us is the concern for vulnerable people who are being moved up.
“What about the education services, the social services, the health services and the jobs?”
Newham council says it can’t afford to keep the families because of the Government’s housing benefits cap – £400-a-week for a four-bedroom home – and is trying to move them.
The borough of Newham – which is staging the London 2012 Olympic Games – is also one of the most deprived areas in Britain.
FULL TO THE BRIM: Stoke