Homeless families living in temporary accommodation are being moved out of Birmingham as the city prepares to host the Commonwealth Games this week.
Birmingham City Council confirmed that around 20 families will be moved 20 miles outside the city to Coventry for the duration of the games, which are due to begin on Thursday.
But a social worker who blew the whistle on the council’s plans warned that significantly more could be forced out of city centre hotels to make way for the spectators and athletes during the 12-day event.
“I think that we as a city seem to be absolving ourselves from the responsibility to care for some of the most vulnerable families,” said Eddie O’Hara, an independent social worker who also runs charity All Birmingham’s Children.
“It’s a time when the Commonwealth family is coming to the city. And it seems that when we are welcoming people from all over the world, we’re placing some of our children and our families outside. Many of these children and families access certain support here and that’s not going to be available to them.
“I think it does tarnish the games really. The indifference that sometimes the people in power seem to have for the most powerless I think is quite shocking. It’s almost like they don’t really care yet if it was them, their family, their children they’d be the first up in arms over it.”