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Rising London rents sees mother 'evicted' to Midlands

When it came to light two years ago that councils in London were moving tenants to the Midlands because of a social housing shortage, critics claimed it amounted to social cleansing.

In April 2012 it emerged local authorities in the capital were telling social housing tenants who couldn't afford London rents, they'd have to move to cities like Stoke-on-Trent and Wolverhampton.

Now mother-of-three Cecilia Bruce-Annan says because of Government benefit caps, she's in rent arrears and is being forced to move away from her family in Harrow, 150 miles to Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire

Her local council says that with rising rents, and shrinking benefits, her housing allowance is unsustainable unless she moves a place where rent is more affordable.

Chris Halpin reports.

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New West Mids PCC meets with police officers

The new Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands, David Jamieson, has met police officers and PCC staff.

It follows the announcement earlier of his election, after a low turnout to the polls.

Results coming in for West Midlands PCC election

The results are coming in for the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner election.

There's been an extremely low turnout with only around 10% of people turning out to vote.

Low turnout as voters snub West Mids PCC election

Low turnout in the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner election Credit: Tim Goode/EMPICS Entertainment

There's been a low turnout in the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner vote.

Around only 10% decided to have their say on who will be elected to the role.

It was sparked by the death of Bob Jones earlier this year.

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West Midlands PCC result due but low number of votes expected

The voter turnout is expected to have been at a record low. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Image

The results of the new Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands are due to be announced today with the voter turnout expected to have been at a record low.

Yesterday's poll was triggered by the death of Bob Jones seven weeks ago.

Voting underway for new West Midlands PCC

Voting is underway to find the new Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Image

Voting is underway to find the new Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands.

The election was triggered by the death of Bob Jones seven weeks ago.

The turnout at the original election was the second lowest in the country and it is feared even fewer people may vote this time around.

Commissioner candidates: Keith Rowe (UKIP)

Keith Rowe Credit: Keith Rowe

Why are you the best candidate for role of PCC?

I will bring a strong voice of the people to the top of the police force, with long management and financial experience, uncluttered by previous history.

If you were elected, what would be the first thing you would do on your first day in office?

Meet and get to know my new colleagues and staff.

Tell us what you see as the key priorities in policing within the West Midlands?

Regaining trust in the police and reducing crime

What is your worst personal experience when it comes to police and crime?

The many letters I have received asking for my help with police problems which I am unable to do anything to help as I am not yet elected

What is your best personal experience when it comes to police and crime?

The many offers of backing and support saying how I am sorely needed and pledging their help

In the 140 characters of a tweet - tell us why people should vote for you?

A strong personality able to stand up for what the people really want. Zero tolerance, trust regained and clear direction. #keithrowepcc

Commissioner candidates: Ayoub Khan (Lib Dem)

Ayoub Khan Credit: Ayoub Khan

Why are you the best candidate for role of PCC?

I have the best combination of daily experience of our criminal justice system and grasp of the diverse needs of this region's different community.

If you were elected, what would be the first thing you would do on your first day in office?

I would schedule a series of consultation meetings with all resident forums and community groups in the West Midlands Region.

Tell us what you see as the key priorities in policing within the West Midlands?

Faster police response times, No further closures of local police stations & No privatisation of Police.

What is your worst personal experience when it comes to police and crime?

Giving first aid to a shootings victim outside my home.

What is your best personal experience when it comes to police and crime? Police working in partnership with local residents to eliminate prostitution in Basall Heath.

In the 140 characters of a tweet - tell us why people should vote for you?

Supporting faster police response, no closure of police st & No privatisation with victims at core of policy.

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