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Westminster Council looks to move housing benefit claimants to Derby and Nottingham

Westminster Labour press release

Westminster Conservatives are looking to move homeless Housing Benefit claimants 130 miles away to Derby and Nottingham, according to information contained in a proposal to the Council from the Smart Housing Group.

According to the Smart Housing group proposal to Westminster Council, the company has offered to rehouse “150 people within the next 12 months…..with an option to increase this number to perhaps closer to 500 properties”.

This morning Grant Shapps MP, Housing Minister, called plans to move tenants to other parts of the country because of a lack of housing ‘outrageous’. Grant Shapps told Radio 4’s Today programme: “Not only do I think it’s unfair and wrong I’ve also made legislation and guidance that says they’re not to do this.”

Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said;

“Will Grant Shapps now condemn Westminster Council for investigating ways of moving Housing Benefit claimants to Derby and Nottingham? Or does his fake outrage only stretch to Labour Councils which are affected by the Government’s damaging Housing Benefit caps?”

“There is absolutely no doubt that thousands of families from across London will find the only option they have of a home is to move hundreds of miles from London to a town or city with which they have no connection and where they have little prospect of a job. The information from Smart Housing Group shows the extent of the planning and research that is going in to the huge population movements that are the direct result of Government policy.”

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