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Hammersmith & Fulham repatriates Polish street-drinkers

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Hammersmith & Fulham LBC has repatriated 44 Polish street drinkers as part of a zero tolerance anti-social public boozing stance.

The council has worked with Polish charity the Barka Foundation and local homelessness charity the Broadway Centre to secure housing and employment in their native country.

Cabinet member for Crime & Anti-Social Behaviour, Greg Smith (Con), said: "We realised we had a problem very quickly and our combined approach of tough zero-tolerance measures on the ground with genuine rehabilitation and training opportunities are now reaping dividends."

The move comes as councils across the country grapple with extra costs with the wave of Eastern European migrants seeking work in the UK.

Last November research by Westminster City Council warned that almost a million Poles would come to work in London over the following 12 months. It has called on Whitehall to increase funding to support public services as it faces a shortfall of£18m a year.

Last November the Local Government Association urged ministers to set up a£250m yearly contingency fund for councils grappling with migrant pressure on housing, translation and health services.

Hammersmith & Fulham stresses that the problem drinkers being returned are doing so voluntarily.

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