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New Tory attack targets council housing

Issue No. 2484

The government is set to end lifetime tenancies for council tenants, in an amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill.

This has been a key aim of the Tories for more than five years—and comes as part of a raft of attacks on council housing.

Budget cuts this year hit councils’ ability to build new homes. And a discount to the Right to Buy scheme pushes them to sell them off.

The new amendment imposes a five-year cap on new tenancies. It wouldn’t affect existing lifetime tenants. But it would affect their children if they try to keep their homes after their parents die.

The government said, “We want to support households to make the transition into home ownership.”

But many former council homes sold under right to buy are now in the hands of rip-off private landlords.

Attacking council housing is about extending the market forces that drive the housing crisis—not empowering tenants.


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Tue 15 Dec 2015, 17:34 GMT
Issue No. 2484
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