Westminster council has announced it intends to move homeless people out of the borough.
It is understood that people will be moved to other parts of the country from the end of this month onwards, regardless of where they are from.
“In common with other London boroughs (most of whom are in the same position) we will have to look further afield (from Westminster and London) to procure properties to meet demands,” the council said.
The council said it would help the people it relocates to find a job and access public services.
Reactions to the move were mixed. “Is that so they are unseen? So they can lie about the disgusting increase of homelessness caused by [the government],” asked one Twitter user named as Bangondoor.
But some councillors defended the move. “Westminster’s position at the heart of London, with some of the country’s highest housing costs and land values mean that the challenges involved in tackling homelessness here are particularly intense,” Councillor Daniel Astaire, a Conservative member for Regent’s Park, told the Evening Standard.
“While we do everything we can to prevent homelessness it seems likely that the numbers of homeless households seeking help from the council will remain high, as the availability of housing affordable for those on low incomes in high value areas is reducing.”