Westminster accused of 'social cleansing'
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Housing
Axing Family Quota Scheme is Westminster Council’s 'meanest decision'
Westminster City Council has been accused of continuing a "social cleansing" programme by moving low income tenants out of the borough.
By signing a contract with a special purpose vehicle company which will provide 100 units of temporary accommodation for Westminster residents elsewhere in London, Labour councillors claim that the council will further widen the gap between rich and poor, as well as transferring its responsibilities for education and social services to outer the city's outer boroughs.
Councillor Guthrie McKie, Labour’s housing spokesperson, said: “Here again is an attempt to dislodge Westminster residents to other parts of London. This is totally unnecessary as the council has the land and the funding available in Westminster to build and secure housing which will deliver genuinely mixed communities.
"There is no mention of rent levels. If the rents are above the council's social rents it will mean low income residents relying on greater levels of housing benefit. This will lock those residents in to greater benefit dependency.”
We are awaiting a response from the council.