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Page last updated at 08:33 GMT, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 09:33 UK

Widow 'devastated' by rehousing letter


A recently bereaved single mother living in Waltham Forest, London, has spoken of her devastation at being told she will only be offered housing in Walsall.

She described receiving a letter which indicated that if she did not accept the offer, the council will not do anything more to rehouse her.

"Basically, I'll be on the streets," she says.

Her council, she said, is "getting rid of people who they feel to be a burden".

Waltham Forest council issued a statement on the case:

"The Council houses people in 14 units in Luton, five in Margate and recently acquired further units in Walsall. None are arrangements with Housing Associations.

"Whilst we would agree that housing people outside the borough is often not ideal, we do so because of the lack of suitable accommodation in the borough. At present we have over 21 000 people on our housing waiting list.

"In addition to this policy the Council is also looking to expand its supply network and is working with neighbouring boroughs to procure more accommodation in and around Waltham Forest."

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