Rise in families permanently moved out of borough proves “social cleansing has begun” claims Thurrock Independents


THE THURROCK Independent group have claimed that recent figures released by Thurrock Council showing the increasing number of homeless families housed permanently outside Thurrock prove that “social cleansing” has begun.

The number of families placed permanently in private rented accommodation outside the borough since May 1st is 35. Between May 1st 2017 and April 30th 2018 it was 15. According to the Thurrock Independent, we could see up to 115 families housed outside Thurrock by April of next year.

Thurrock Independent Party Leader, Cllr Luke Spillman, commented: “The figures show Thurrock Council’s homeless team are now actively housing homeless families in permanent housing outside of the borough.

“I have been a vocal critic of the department for many years. However, in this instance, I am truly saddened to report that it appears that they are doing so out of necessity rather than choice.

“The housing market is now so broken in Thurrock that private sector property rents are often 50% higher than most homeless families can afford to pay. Our available stock of social housing is not remotely adequate to meet the needs of Thurrock.

“Not a single council or housing association property has been built in Thurrock under this Conservative administration. They haven’t made a single concrete commitment or plan to do so. This Conservative administration has gone missing in regard to housing. They have fundamentally failed the people of Thurrock.

“Thurrock needs an administration which believes in building low cost homes which the people of Thurrock can afford to live in. Only by removing this failing Conservative administration, whose only interest appears to be meeting the housing needs of London, can we start to fight back against Thurrock’s housing crisis.

“Tragically, Thurrock Council itself appears to be in perpetual state of crisis at the moment.”

Responding to the figures, Deputy Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Shane Hebb, said: “Thurrock Council takes its obligations to households who are homeless, or threatened with homelessness, extremely seriously.

“The authority works hard to ensure that everyone it owes a housing duty to is offered safe, secure and suitable accommodation.

“Our first priority is to try and secure in-borough accommodation. In some events and circumstances, depending on the individual circumstances of the household concerned and the availability of appropriate accommodation, this may lead to accommodation outside of the borough.

“It is important that homeless people have a roof over their head, sometimes in a very time critical way, which means while Thurrock always aims and intends to house people in-borough as a priority, there are some placements which haven’t been possible in the borough.”

6 Responses to "Rise in families permanently moved out of borough proves “social cleansing has begun” claims Thurrock Independents"

  1. rocket1   August 17, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    the amount of people flooding in to Thurrock is clearly causing problems,you can’t fit a quart into a pint pot.

  2. Catching the Bus   August 17, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Another way is to end the monopoly of C2C create free market capitalist competition on the railways.

    Thus competition several operators on each line thus true price discovery.

    I know free market entrepreneurial capitalism
    Is against the present system we have of neoliberelaism concentration of wealth and opportunity in ever fewer hands..

    But opportunity and free capitalism is the best way we have an the best way of getting people out of poverty.

    We need to end this neoliberelaism it is sucking the life out of the US, UK and Thurrock. it is getting dangerous out there.
    We need to get back to wealth creators. Who will pay into the system

    We can start with the railways.
    Because either neoliberalism concentration or nationalisation does not change the fact that it is one operator thus a monopoly thus no competition. thus no price discovery.

  3. Catching the Bus   August 17, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    My Bad the above post should not be here.

  4. rocket1   August 18, 2018 at 8:57 am

    I will have a pint of what catching-the-bus has been drinking.

  5. Catching the Bus   August 18, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    If you come back to footie I’ll buy it for you as well 🙂

  6. thurrocksgonedownhill   August 19, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    Nothing wrong with social cleansing…All the other boroughs have done it and dumped all the scum bag shit in Thurrock.

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