Source: The Daily Telegraph, Page: 4
Saturday, 17 November 2012
Council eyes new locations
The Daily Telegraph reports that Brent Council is looking to strike deals with private landlords in Coventry, Birmingham and Swindon, where rents are cheaper, to house potentially more than 3,000 homeless people. The authority says that when the Government’s new benefit cap is introduced many of its tenants will be unable to pay rent. A report to the council’s executive calculates that in some cases the council will be left with a weekly shortfall of £172. Ed Ruane, Coventry’s cabinet member for housing, said Brent had not contacted his council. “I would never agree to housing residents from other authorities knowing the enormous burden we are already under here,” he said.