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CHARNWOOD ANGRY OVER UNANNOUNCED ARRIVALS

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A row has broken out after Westminster City Council sent 52 refugees, asylum seekers and homeless families to stay ...
A row has broken out after Westminster City Council sent 52 refugees, asylum seekers and homeless families to stay in Charnwood BC without consulting the council.

Charnwood co-leader Mike Jones is to contact the Local Government Association after a letter was received in June saying a local hotel would be full of families by 1 August and would remain that way for several years. The families started arriving a week later.

The council objects because of the pressure the new arrivals will put on local services. Mr Jones said the action was not illegal but breached guidance on consultation agreed between the LGA and the government.

He insisted it was not a case of nimbyism: 'We are concerned about the lack of consultation. At least we could have been prepared. We also could have given specific consideration to local school and social services to meet the needs of the families and at the same time avoid any deterioration for local people.'

A Westminster spokeswoman said: 'They could be homeless and our first priority is to get them somewhere safe and clean as soon as possible.'
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