It has been a long-term rumour overcrowded London councils were moving people on their housing lists into cheaper accommodation in Essex, but Newham’s response is the FIRST admission it has been going on.
But did anyone ever really believe their protestations that this wasn’t going on anyway? I mean, consider the source…
It insisted Thurrock Council was notified in writing of each placement.
But furious Thurrock bosses said the Gazette had alerted them to the issue and maintained they had been oblivious to any Newham tenants being housed here.
Hmmm, really? I know local councils can be stunningly inefficient, but, even so, did they really not notice?
Did they miss the sudden expansion of dubious ‘Internet cafes’, the rise in nail & hair shops, the gradual inclusion of rather more exotic items on supermarket shelves?
And now they’ve been rumbled, are they going to stop?
Reader, they are not…
Newham is working with eight other landlords in Southend and Basildon where it has housed ten individuals or families.
It warned it will have to send more people into Essex as London boroughs try to shift their own housing crises within the capital.
I can’t wait!