After a mother of three due to be evicted from her home was told Harrow Council could only find a roof over her head in Stoke on Trent, she described the ultimatum as "inhumane".

The authority recently announced that it can no longer guarantee people on its waiting lists a home in the borough, after the council's housing chief announced: "We're full."

The council are now dependent on forming relationships with authorities based outside the capital to find people housing.

However one man who already made the move says it is the better option.

                       
Cecilia Bruce-Annan is being evicted by Harrow Council and told she has to move to Stoke or be made homeless.
 

Matt Wilcox, who used to live in Kenton but is now a councillor in Stoke after moving there when he was 17, said: "Obviously this lady is upset - I would be if someone told me I had to move somewhere that I had never been before.

"But I will welcome her with open arms here, show her around and all the opportunities there are right here in Stoke on Trent, which is getting better and better each year."

Mr Wilcox is, as well as being a local politician, the chief executive of a residential care company called Unity, which he founded 10 years ago.

The company now has a £2.5million turnover each year.

The entrepreneur added: "I would never have had the opportunities that I have been lucky enough to have if I stayed in London.

"And I am sure if she decides to move, Stoke will be as good to her as it has been to me."