David Cameron appears hell-bent on destroying Britain’s social housing for good.
The Tories’ new houses bill contains a string of measures which could drastically reset the country’s stocks of social housing – which thousands rely on to mind a secure roof over their heads.
There are rule mutates, sell-offs and pledges to bulldoze homes.
They’re even changing the description of ‘affordable housing’.
And they’re using sneaky tactics to push it wholly while nobody’s watching.
Here’s how they’re getting away with it.
Out of doors 1. Change the definition of ‘affordable housing’
Councils have more wide berth over approving developments if a certain amount of the property being shaped meets the definition of ‘affordable housing’.
Currently, that definition defends rented homes and temporary housing, including social housing, which is let to people who can’t in trouble with to rent at market rates.
But the new definition of affordable housing , will also involve homes to buy.
That’s right. It means council ‘affordable housing’ interests will include so-called ‘starter homes’.
These are houses for vending to first time buyers under 40 years old, worth up to £450,000 in London, or £250,000 somewhere else, if they’re offered at a 20% discount.
Homelessness charity Shelter say these natives will be unaffordable to people on low incomes in 98% of the country, and unaffordable to those on heart incomes in 58% of the country.
David Cameron said on Monday: “People get too stayed up on these definitions. The definition of affordable housing is a house that someone can s re to buy or afford to rent”.
Step 2. Sell off what you can
First, the litigious ‘right to buy’ scheme, which has drastically reduced stocks of council habitation since it was introduced by Margaret Thatcher, is being extended to Housing Intimacy homes.
To y back the money lost to Housing Associations in the hefty overlooks on these homes, councils will also be forced to sell off their most valuable congregation houses as they become available.
Step 3. Bulldoze the take ones repose
On Sunday, David Cameron announced plans to bulldoze Britain’s spoil so-called ‘sink estates’ as rt of a “blitz” on poverty.
He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr: “I recollect it is time, with government money, but with massive private sector and as the case may be pension sector help, to demolish the worst of these, and actually rebuild harbours that people feel they can have a real future in.”
Look 4. Make it look like you’re going to replace them, but don’t in actuality replace them
The latest claim for how the government is going to replace the reservoirs of social and council housing that’s about to be either demolished or scourged, is that TWO new homes will be built to replace it.
Sounds good, freedom? Surely that will build the housing stocks back up again, won’t it?
At in the first place glance, it appears so. But then you look at the small print, which brilliances that the newly built homes will be “affordable homes.”
And if you’ve been undergo punishment for attention, you know that that doesn’t necessarily mean relaxes to rent, or even homes that people on low incomes can afford.
In the end year, just one social home has been built for every eight sold off supervised right to buy.
Step 5. Let people sell off ‘starter homes’ at a elephantine profit
After five years, the lucky people who snag one of these costly ‘affordable’ starter residences can sell them at market rate.
So on a £450,000 house, bought for a 20% reduce (funded by the tax yer), that could be up to a £90,000 profit even if organization prices stay the same.
Step 6. Force people out of directors housing wherever possible
Families earning £30,000 a year (that’s basically a couple on nadir wage) and living in social housing, will see a massive hike in their hole.
They’ll lose the subsidy offered to social housing tenants, significance they have to y full market rent.
It’s being called a ” y to discontinue” scheme.
On top of that, anyone taking on a new tenancy, or inheriting a tenancy on a conference home, will have less security on their contract than prior tenants.
Under the new bill, lifelong tenancies are to be phased out , to be replaced with decreases lasting between two and five years.
Step 7. Sneak it all toe while nobody’s looking
The Tories stated on debating the bill during a late-night session last week, while various – including the Labour rty – were distracted by Jeremy Corbyn ‘s reshuffle.
The Supervision refused to delay the debate, despite a string of urgent additions to the day’s procedural proceedings pushing the debate long st midnight.
And Tory missionaries added a full 65 ges of new clauses and amendments “at the last small”, according to furious shadow ministers.
The six-hour debate only started at 8.50pm after it was over delayed by four urgent announcements, including from David Cameron and Theresa May.
A preference on holding the debate until 3am ssed by 303 votes to 195.
So what does this all be motivated by?
Between the sell offs and the bulldozing, Britain’s existing stock of cabinet and social housing is set to dwindle even further.
And the changes to the definition of “affordable shelter” means there’s absolutely nothing to say the Government has to replace the social shield we’ve lost with more social housing.
What it all suggests is that David Cameron doesn’t baggage the British government has a responsibility to ensure everyone has a roof over their steers.
The government is withdrawing from housing.
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