In June we were shocked to find that Waltham Forest Council were trying to force our member Monica and her family to permanently move to Stoke-on-Trent – over 170 miles away! The family could not attend the viewing as the husband had recently got work in London and in response Waltham Forest tried to evict the family from their temporary accommodation. We wrote a report about these “private sector discharges” of homeless duties in 2017 – we found that actually very few London councils were trying it force families out of London. This shows it is a cruel political decision and that homeless families can be found housing in London if councils try. Waltham Forest Council tried to say they were moving the family to Stoke because of the benefit cap, but in fact the family would also have been hit by the benefit cap in the Stoke property!
The family is currently challenging the council with the help of a lawyer, and members rallied on Monday to make sure they were not evicted from their temporary accommodation. The media has also been great at covering this important case:
The Mirror (Mum-of-three handed eviction notice after failing to attend flat viewing 200 miles away) – though not to be confused with this Mirror article about another family that Waltham Forest are also trying to force to Stoke at the same time!
East London Guardian (Waltham Forest Council slammed for family’s eviction threat and Family offered house 150 miles away face homelessness again) – they also covered how another family was facing this same cruel treatment. We send our full solidarity to Nadia and all homeless households facing this appalling treatment.