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Council’s move highlights severity of problem in Newham, says charity

A housing association in Stoke-on-Trent, Brighter Futures, has declined Newham Council’s request to take on 500 families in immediate need of housing citing fears of “social cleansing” and rise of right wing extremism.

Responding to the development, Keith Fernett, Director of Anchor House, a Newham-based homeless charity, said, “Whilst the proposal being mooted by Sir Robin Wales is clearly not ideal, we believe that the introduction and focusing on the concept of social cleansing to be both unhelpful and emotive. Such a radical proposal is a reflection upon the seriousness of the housing situation generally and especially in Newham.”

“We support the recent decision of Sir Robin Wales to try and address and highlight these problems faced by homeless people every day. This is about the provision of an affordable place to live for people who often happen to be both marginalised and vulnerable.”

The full press release by Anchor House can be found here.