Newham admits to sending its tenants to Thurrock

A LONDON borough is housing homeless people in Thurrock behind the backs of the council, a Gazette probe has discovered.

Newham Council confirmed it placed 26 families or individuals across Thurrock where it has agreements with 11 private sector landlords.

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.

It blamed the government’s housing benefits cap, which limits a single mother or couple’s annual income to £26,000 a year, for an increased pressure to move people out as their high London rents can no longer be met by the taxpayer.

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.

A council spokesman said it had no idea of this or the wider extent of the problem.

He said: “We cannot confirm any figures but believe some people are being re-housed from London in private rented accommodation in Thurrock without the local authority informing us.

“We are becoming increasingly concerned at reports of rising placements outside London and we plan to remind all London authorities that they should be discussing any such placements with the host borough.

“After those discussions we will consider whether we need to review the implications for our housing plans and local people.”

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.

A spokeswoman said Newham, along with other councils, is experiencing a housing crisis - simple as that. She said: “Following the Government's changes to the benefits policy, our private rented sector has been put under increased pressure and this has restricted the number of properties available for us to house homeless families."

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7:33pm Fri 29 Nov 13

gonetothedogs says...

So yet again the right hand doesn't know what the left hands doing.
There's a surprise!
So yet again the right hand doesn't know what the left hands doing. There's a surprise! gonetothedogs

9:41pm Fri 29 Nov 13

Sheridan Farquhar says...

The people of Thurrock have known this for at least 8 years!
The people of Thurrock have known this for at least 8 years! Sheridan Farquhar

10:23pm Fri 29 Nov 13

Bernard 87 says...

This is not surprising. Thurrock is slowly on the same course as Newham.
This is not surprising. Thurrock is slowly on the same course as Newham. Bernard 87

11:10pm Fri 29 Nov 13

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7:46am Sat 30 Nov 13

ebagumtrebor says...

Wise up people. The comrade in New road Towers knows ths is going on. But he's a Labour Councillor. He's not going to raise any objections to this. The more he can integrate Thurrock with London the better.

Thurrock reverts to type and once again returns to being a safe Labour seat instead of a marginal. The long term goal has always been central government power through the creation of safe Labour seats in the south east. Hence all the immigration mainly to the south east and the Thames Gateway expansion.

They already control the North where people will vote for a hedgehog if it wears a red rosette. The south is their target. The comrade is simply welcoming more of his voters.
Wise up people. The comrade in New road Towers knows ths is going on. But he's a Labour Councillor. He's not going to raise any objections to this. The more he can integrate Thurrock with London the better. Thurrock reverts to type and once again returns to being a safe Labour seat instead of a marginal. The long term goal has always been central government power through the creation of safe Labour seats in the south east. Hence all the immigration mainly to the south east and the Thames Gateway expansion. They already control the North where people will vote for a hedgehog if it wears a red rosette. The south is their target. The comrade is simply welcoming more of his voters. ebagumtrebor

2:48pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Jb66 says...

Why didn't they know when most of Thurrock did.
Why didn't they know when most of Thurrock did. Jb66

3:22pm Mon 2 Dec 13

OckendonPaul says...

There is no 'housing crisis' - there's a population crisis
There is no 'housing crisis' - there's a population crisis OckendonPaul

7:24pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Mattster says...

This really didn't need much of a probe did it, anyone who has lived in Thurrock since 1997 is perfectly aware this has been going on.
This really didn't need much of a probe did it, anyone who has lived in Thurrock since 1997 is perfectly aware this has been going on. Mattster

2:02pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Paul_Grays says...

I live just off the high street and never let my other walf walk through it past a certain time. Its full of dossers & immigrants (sorry I mean enterprising visitors from across Europe and Africa) wearing clothes that I wouldn't even wear to work on the car.
They drink, shout, fight, hang in groups and always make sure to stare at you like your the new face.
I live just off the high street and never let my other walf walk through it past a certain time. Its full of dossers & immigrants (sorry I mean enterprising visitors from across Europe and Africa) wearing clothes that I wouldn't even wear to work on the car. They drink, shout, fight, hang in groups and always make sure to stare at you like your the new face. Paul_Grays

4:23pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Marcus P says...

Paul_Grays wrote:
I live just off the high street and never let my other walf walk through it past a certain time. Its full of dossers & immigrants (sorry I mean enterprising visitors from across Europe and Africa) wearing clothes that I wouldn't even wear to work on the car.
They drink, shout, fight, hang in groups and always make sure to stare at you like your the new face.
No no ..you have it all wrong..they all doing the jobs lazy Brits won't /can't do and all pay more in tax than they take out. They are so good we need to import more from high flying countries like Romania and Bulgaria in addition to those from the economic super powers of Africa. We benefit hugely in both economic and cultural terms by their presence.

Any one who can't see this is an ignorant bigoted knuckle dragging racist. In fact, these people have always been here and indeed won world war 1 for us useless Brits. Tommy Atkins was only a minor player in events.

Just off to get my medication btw.
[quote][p][bold]Paul_Grays[/bold] wrote: I live just off the high street and never let my other walf walk through it past a certain time. Its full of dossers & immigrants (sorry I mean enterprising visitors from across Europe and Africa) wearing clothes that I wouldn't even wear to work on the car. They drink, shout, fight, hang in groups and always make sure to stare at you like your the new face.[/p][/quote]No no ..you have it all wrong..they all doing the jobs lazy Brits won't /can't do and all pay more in tax than they take out. They are so good we need to import more from high flying countries like Romania and Bulgaria in addition to those from the economic super powers of Africa. We benefit hugely in both economic and cultural terms by their presence. Any one who can't see this is an ignorant bigoted knuckle dragging racist. In fact, these people have always been here and indeed won world war 1 for us useless Brits. Tommy Atkins was only a minor player in events. Just off to get my medication btw. Marcus P

4:26pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Marcus P says...

OckendonPaul wrote:
There is no 'housing crisis' - there's a population crisis
True very true! There is also distortion in the supply side of the labour market which pushes up unemployment and forces wages and tax revenues down.
[quote][p][bold]OckendonPaul[/bold] wrote: There is no 'housing crisis' - there's a population crisis[/p][/quote]True very true! There is also distortion in the supply side of the labour market which pushes up unemployment and forces wages and tax revenues down. Marcus P

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