Westminster City Council’s ‘social cleansing’ policy is continuing as the Council has spent over £6 million purchasing 34 two and three bed properties in East London for homeless families in temporary accommodation.
Over the last six months the Council has bought 34 properties (30 two bedroom and 4 three bedroom) in Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge, Enfield and Newham for £6,224,000 – an average of £183,000 per property.
Over the next six months, Westminster’s Conservative Council plans to spend another £9 million on properties outside Westminster, all for families in temporary accommodation.
The Council says that all the properties will be let at Housing Benefit rates with the income covering the Council’s costs.
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said:
“Westminster Conservatives should not be using their financial muscle by buying up properties in east London and exporting families to Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge, Enfield and Newham where they have no connections or family support. These Westminster families should be housed in Westminster and the Council should be building more social housing. Westminster Council’s policy of spending millions of pounds buying up properties in east London does not increase the available housing stock but it takes away properties from people in east London who are trying to buy. Westminster’s ‘social cleansing’ policies are an absolute disgrace and should have no place in a civilised society.”