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Bonkers Blog February 2015

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17 February (Part 2) - Housing and the homeless

The People Scrutiny meeting session on housing produced a couple of answers which may be informative.

Is refusing to go to Manchester interpreted as making oneself intentionally homeless (rendering oneself beyond council help) asked Labour councillor Brenda Langstead.

The long answer by the Deputy Director and TV star David Bryce-Smith might be summarised as ‘it all depends but quite likely they would be’. There are currently five Bexley families housed in Manchester and another five declined the kind offer. It was confirmed that Manchester City Council is advised of their presence.

Whilst several London councils find themselves in a similar decision to Bexley and inner London councils have been sending their homeless to Bexley, where accommodation is considered to be reasonably priced.


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