According to this BBC article: BBC News - Newham Council accused of 'social cleansing' of tenants Newham council in East London (where the games are to be held) have asked a Stoke housing association if they would like to take 500 'very needy' council tenants who are currently awaiting social housing. Natually Stoke council are a bit upset about this. The article makes very interesting reading, but what does 'very needy' actually mean and this comment from the MP for Stoke: And he's a Labour MP (solidarity brothers!) too. I wonder just who or what these people are? Asylum seekers? The terminally unemployed? or just the utter dross that Newham thinks it will be best rid of by shipping them almost 200 miles north?