London boroughs warned not to "pack off" vulnerable residents to Clacton (From Clacton and Frinton Gazette)
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London boroughs warned not to "pack off" vulnerable residents to Clacton
2:00pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
BOROUGH councils in London are being warned not to pack off vulnerable residents to live in Clacton.
The seaside town was recently highlighted as being a dumping ground for vulnerable people, benefit migrants and criminals by the Centre for Social Justice think tank.
Tendring Council leader Peter Halliday has now warned the leaders of all borough councils to do their homework before helping vulnerable families to move out of the capital as they end up facing financial difficulty when the arrived in the district.
Mr Halliday said he was approached by one family which recently moved from London to find they would not get any help paying his council tax in Tendring and face homelessness.
He said as they have “no local connection whatsoever” they will be referred back to the relevant London borough council for assistance.
“This is not the first case of this kind and there are other similar stories like it,” said Mr Halliday.
“I cannot believe that any council can condone such a cavalier approach to the issue of finding suitable accommodation for their residents who are in an extremely vulnerable position.
“It may be that the cost of accommodation in Tendring is much cheaper than in London but what the officers have not bothered to find out is that the benefit cap was applied in Tendring from July 2013.
“On top of that Tendring Council does not pay council tax support to people who have not lived within the district for a period of less than five years and residents cannot register on our housing register until they have lived here for three years.”