Waltham Forest Council is Labour run, but apparently only in title after it evicts family for not attending viewing that would have taken dad away from new job, in move reminiscent of threats of Tory-run council to Grenfell survivors
A ‘Labour’-run London borough council has evicted a homeless family with a ten-year-old child and twins aged three from their temporary accommodation – because they were unable to view a house 180 miles away in Stoke-on-Trent.
The family had been temporarily housed in Lewisham borough at Walthamstow’s expense, but the council sent them a ‘private sector discharge offer’ for the house in Stoke, saying it had ‘a duty to taxpayers’ to get them off its books, that finding accommodation in London was ‘very challenging’ – and evicting them when the family did not comply because it would have taken the father away from a new job he had finally managed to obtain.
The family is appealing the decision with help from Housing Action Southwark and Lambeth, which says that the usual practice of offering families accommodation pending the result of a review has been ignored in this case.
Which constituency the family is from has not been made public, but Waltham Forest has two right-wing Labour MPs and Lewisham has one.
The Waltham Forest move is reminiscent of the actions of Tory-run Kensington and Chelsea council, which only days after the Grenfell Tower fire threatened survivors that if they would not move to the north they would be declared intentionally homeless and ineligible for any support.
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