Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/648/10663

From The Socialist newspaper, 23 November 2010

Government plans are an attack on council tenants

AS A result of plans set out by the government's housing minister Grant Shapps, new social housing tenants would be offered tenancies with no long term security.

Paul Kershaw

Instead of being offered the prospect of a stable home, people will be offered tenancies that could be as short as two years, starting in 2011. There will be checks on their circumstances and, if their income moves too far from the breadline, they (and any children) will be forced to move out.

Presumably the alternative is supposed to be the private rented sector, which has even less security of tenure; or they could try to get a mortgage if they have a secure job and have saved, at least, a 10% deposit.

Under the coalition plans councils and housing associations will be given the option of charging much higher rents, as much as 80% of the market level. In the same week it emerged that council tenants face a 6.8% rent increase. (This figure is a government guideline. Councils could charge a higher rent).

The government disingenuously claims that increasing social housing rents will generate resources for new housing. But increasing rents will increase the amount of housing benefit claimed as well as increasing rent arrears and evictions. More homelessness will obviously increase housing waiting lists.

The National Housing Federation (NHF) says that in poorer low rent areas the new higher ("affordable" in Con-Dem speak) rents will still not be high enough to fund new building. In high rent areas, the rents would be so exorbitant that most tenants would be pushed back onto housing benefit.

The NHF calculates that tenants living in higher value areas, such as the London boroughs of Camden, Hackney and Haringey, would have to earn 54,000 a year "before they could get off housing benefit and be in a position where they could keep the bulk of their additional salary and find themselves better off in work". How many people currently on waiting lists will be able to afford this?

The housing charity Shelter commented that it begins to look like a deliberate attack on the poor and vulnerable.

Housing cuts

The boss of First Choice Homes in Oldham commented: "The issue is people being able to pay. It is all very well as landlords thinking the rise will help our businesses, but will people be able to pay it? We'll try to collect it but I expect arrears to rise."

This happens at the same time as: 63% cuts in funding for house building, cuts in housing benefit and cuts in funding for legal advice for people with housing problems. There are five million on council waiting lists and the figure is rising.

When New Labour flirted with attacking security of tenure for council tenants Liberal Democrat MPs opposed the idea. The Tory manifesto promised to "respect the tenures and rents of social housing tenants."

Trade unions and anti-cuts campaigns must demand that:

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 23 November 2010:


Youth Fight for Education

Youth Fight for Education: No cuts, no fees, save EMA!

No to victimisation, defend student protesters!

Defend university access for all!

Universities occupied over fees and cuts


Anti-cuts campaign

Not one job or one service to be cut

Mass organised action can stop cuts

1,000 march in Gloucester against 'scorched earth policy'

Fighting cuts: A militant stance is what's needed

Profiting from the most vulnerable

Government plans are an attack on council tenants

Fast news


Socialist Party workplace news

Firefighters on the march

McCluskey elected Unite general secretary


International socialist news and analysis

Ireland in crisis

Scotland and Wales: Don't accept the 'hand you have been dealt'

Cholera epidemic sparks clashes between Haitians and UN troops

Massive food price hikes spell disaster for poorest people


 

Home   |   The Socialist 23 November 2010   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Housing:

triangleNasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

triangleNo more fire deaths - ensure safety now!

triangleHousing crisis: Corbyn's positive measures blanked by Labour's right

triangleEast London summit fails to address housing crisis

triangleProtest to pressure Labour to scrap Haringey redevelopment plans

Tenants:

triangleLedbury tenants fight for decent homes

triangleGrenfell inquiry begins: not sufficient, not trusted

triangleHundreds evacuated after Labour council dismisses cracks in tower blocks

triangleHousing safety campaign kicks off in Coventry

Council:

triangleSalford Unison condemns pay cuts

triangleDon't wreck our rec! Campaigning to save green space in Standish

Cuts:

triangleWorkplace news in brief

triangleCarlisle NHS campaigners hand in petition to MP

Housing benefit:

triangleFight expansion of disastrous 'Universal Credit' welfare system

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

12/10/17

Cleaners

Justice for Tube cleaners demo

11/10/17

Salford

Salford Unison condemns pay cuts

11/10/17

Royal Mail

CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

11/10/17

Carlisle

Carlisle NHS campaigners hand in petition to MP

11/10/17

Green

Don't wreck our rec! Campaigning to save green space in Standish

11/10/17

Fire

No more fire deaths - ensure safety now!

11/10/17

Cardiff

Cardiff Socialist Students confront 'Parasite' Jacob Rees-Mogg

11/10/17

John McDonnell

Manchester rally discussed unionisation and nationalisation

11/10/17

Orgreave

Join the Orgreave Halloween rally

11/10/17

Union

Workplace news in brief

11/10/17

Democratic rights

Who's watching who?: The fight for justice, trade union and democratic rights

6/10/17

Northern Ireland

Boeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

5/10/17

Runcorn

Too much to cross the Mersey

4/10/17

Royal Mail

Set for national strike action

4/10/17

London

Supporting the general strike in Catalonia

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

triangle11 Oct CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

triangle11 Oct The fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against...

triangle11 Oct Catalonia: Workers can finish what Puigdemont won't

triangle6 Oct Boeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

triangle4 Oct The nasty party turns on itself... but the Tories must be driven out

More ...

triangle16 Oct Teesside Socialist Party: After the party conferences

triangle17 Oct London: TUC lobby & rally; and London march

triangle18 Oct Warrington & St Helens Socialist Party: 1917-2017; the October Russian Revolution

triangle18 Oct Hackney Socialist Party: 100 years ago - the Bolshevik-led revolution

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2