Thurrock Councillor Leader John Kent has demanded that Westminster Council picks up the bill for all the social care costs involved in housing 25 Westminster homeless families in Grays, Essex.
Last week it was revealed that Westminster City Council has continued its ‘social cleansing’ policy of moving homeless families out of central London by purchasing 25 properties in Grays, Essex for over £3.6 million.
Now Thurrock Council Leader, Councillor John Kent has written to Westminster Council Leader, Philippa Roe to demand “confirmation that any social care costs associated with these families, for the foreseeable future, will be fully funded by Westminster. I see no reason at all why the residents of Thurrock should bear any of these costs”.
Councillor Kent also tells Westminster that buying up properties in Thurrock is “completely contrary to the London Council’s advice note on the placement of homeless families outside London”
A copy of Councillor Kent’s letter is here Cllr Roe letter from Cllr John Kent