Quote Of The day:
“Cuts in benefits are an unjust attack on the poor. Cuts concentrated on Housing Benefit are already breaking up families, communities and support networks”.
My thoughts on right to buy council house:
I can remember Council Housing during the 1970s-80s under a Conservative Government they actively encouraged tenants to purchase their homes from the council as a way forward to owing their property.
Some will say great idea but there is a downside to it which is both Conservatives and Labour failed to rebuild more council housing to replace the stocks that they sold off. Lets move to 2013 what do we see what is happening there is a shortage of council housing all over the UK.
There are council tenants who are living in tower blocks which are due to be demolished the council housing department has an added problems of re-housing the tenants.
Now this beings me to the point of Defend Council Housing they pointed out at Labour Party Conference unless a Labour Government start to build more housing not only be a national crisis the private housing rent will sky-rocket and one size does not fit all.
My message to this coalition is to invest more money to build affordable and rentable housing and stop using the Bedroom Tax.
See article below:
This represents a near-doubling of the figure for the previous three months.
Under the coalition’s extended Right to Buy programme, launched last year, tenants get discounts of up to £75,000.
Ministers say this will help reinvigorate the market but opponents argue it will reduce rental stock for people on low incomes.
Altogether, 2,009 households took up the scheme from October to December last year, up from 1,041 in July to September.
The figure for April to June – the first period under the new scheme – saw 443 sales, the Department for Communities and Local Government said.
Right to Buy first started under Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government, but take-up dwindled as the discounts offered failed to keep pace with the rate of property price inflation.
In 2010 the government launched a consultation on “re-invigorating” the right to buy and the £75,000 discount, introduced last year, represents a quadrupling of the previous discount cap in London and a trebling in most parts of Britain.
The scheme now offers discounts of up to 60% for the value of a house and 70% for a flat. These apply to people who have been council or social housing tenants for at least five years.
Housing minister Mark Prisk said Right to Buy had “opened the door to home ownership for thousands of tenants across the country”.
“I’m delighted to see so many taking up this opportunity,” he added.
“But from the 200,000 visitors on our website, to the councils that report to me the surge they’ve seen in applications, I know there are many more that want to follow in their footsteps.”
He urged tenants interested in buying their home to get in touch with their council or visit the Right to Buy website.
However, opponents say selling properties will reduce the rental housing stock available for those on low incomes.