Labour has vowed to fight Government plans to encourage unemployed people to move to areas with job vacancies.
The policy could mean residents in Birmingham suburbs with high unemployment, such as Hodge Hill or Perry Barr, move to Staffordshire or Warwickshire in an effort to find work.
MP John Spellar (Lab Warley) said: “Why should people who have raised families in their homes, been good citizens and good neighbours be forced out of their homes? We must fight this every inch of the way.”
He spoke out after Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said he wanted to tackle “ghettos of poverty” by encouraging people to move out of areas of high unemployment.
Mr Duncan Smith said he wanted to change the housing rules so that council tenants didn’t risk losing their homes if they moved to look for work.
But his proposal has been compared to former Tory Minister Norman Tebbit’s comment in 1981, when he said his father “got on his bike and looked for work” during the depression of the 1930s.
Figures published by the Office for National Statistics show that some areas of the West Midlands have far more jobs on offer than others.
There are 164 unfilled vacancies in job centres in the Birmingham constituency of Hodge Hill - but for every job advertised, there are 29 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in the area.
Job centres in Birmingham Hall Green are advertising 157 vacancies, and there are 19 Jobseeker’s Allowance claimers for each job.
And 283 jobs are advertised in Birmingham Perry Barr, with 17 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance for each job.
But the situation is very different in some other parts of the West Midlands.
Job centres in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, are advertising 1,010 vacancies, and there are two claimants for each job.
In Coventry south, 1,302 jobs are advertised and there are two claimants for each job.
And in North Warwickshire, 1,268 jobs are advertised and there are also two claimants for each job.
Mr Duncan Smith’s proposed scheme would allow council tenants to go to the top of the housing list in another area rather than giving up their right to a home.
He said: “In the UK today, under the last government, we have created almost ghettos of poverty where people are static, unable to get work because there isn’t any work there, unable therefore to get to work because the wages aren’t high enough so they can’t get there and they are stuck.”
Mr Spellar said: “The Tories have always hated Council housing and view it as transit camps for the poor. They have no regard for community life and peoples attachment to their homes and their neighbours.”