Jump to content
House Price Crash Forum
SarahBell

Council Housing Not Replaced

Recommended Posts

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34305969

Shelter, which looked at provisional figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government, said just two of the 166 councils in England listed as selling properties through Right to Buy had succeeded in replacing more than 100% of the properties sold.

The 10 councils that replaced the most homes:
1. North Kesteven 187% <Conservative council
2. New Forest 128% <conservative council
3. Waverley 89% <conservative council
4. Barking and Dagenham 88% <labour
5. Winchester 81% <conservative
6. Ipswich 80% <labour
7. Tandridge 79% <conservative
8. Castle Point 71% <conservative
9. Hounslow 64% <labour
10. South Cambridgeshire 59% <conservative


EDIT: Have added in the party in control for each council.
Seems conservatives are building more council housing than labour.

Edited by SarahBell

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Having had dealings with a couple of Council Chief Executives and their teams in reasonably recent times, I am not surprised.

The ones I have met are, at best, decent administrators.

Expecting them to lead complex organisations to achieve good results is a path to perpetual disappointment

Councils generally are staffed by mediocre people with little incentive to do anything other than the bare minimum

No one I have ever spoken to at a council regards any target as anything other than unattainable - a challenge to their professionalism and ability to do the job (even though they rarely hit the target).

There is no concept of finding a way to beat a target, just to look for excuses as to why it is unattainable.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Seems conservatives are building more council housing than labour.

What on Earth is going on?! 1st Osborne changing the tax rules on BTL in 2017 and now Tory councils (not usually avocates of social housing) are building the most homes.

The Blue party has gone right up in my expectation. :blink:

On a national scale, more post war council housing was built during Conservative governments. Seems that Labour had best intentions of doing so but implemented very late during their rule. Labour sets them up, Torys score the trys.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34305969

Shelter, which looked at provisional figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government, said just two of the 166 councils in England listed as selling properties through Right to Buy had succeeded in replacing more than 100% of the properties sold.

The 10 councils that replaced the most homes:

1. North Kesteven 187% <Conservative council

2. New Forest 128% <conservative council

3. Waverley 89% <conservative council

4. Barking and Dagenham 88% <labour

5. Winchester 81% <conservative

6. Ipswich 80% <labour

7. Tandridge 79% <conservative

8. Castle Point 71% <conservative

9. Hounslow 64% <labour

10. South Cambridgeshire 59% <conservative

EDIT: Have added in the party in control for each council.

Seems conservatives are building more council housing than labour.

Isn't this since 2012 ?- only a tiny fraction of RTB have been sold in this period. Our current problems are due to the last few decades when most of the properties were sold. I guess this list has more to do with how stretched the council budgets are and how unaffordable housing is.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/sep/20/right-to-buy-disastrous-for-housing-market

For all their apparent reasonableness, these are arguments insulated from reality. The reason why home ownership is an impossible dream is that residential property prices are absurdly high, creating desperate housing need. To respond by offering huge bungs to sitting tenants of both council and social housing is perverse.

Everything has its roots in unaffordable property prices. As Adair Turner, former chair of the Financial Services Authority, argues in his remarkable new book Between Debt and the Devil, banks in every country are diverting an ever higher share of their loans to real estate. That amounts to now 60% of all lending across 17 countries, doubling over the last 50 years.

But this truth, says Turner, interacts with the capacity of today’s banks to create money. Because they have to hold such tiny reserves of their own capital, modern banking has become a debt creation monster – churning out mortgages and naturally inflating real estate prices because real estate is in fixed supply. This is a global phenomenon, but is particularly acute in densely populated Britain with tight planning laws and property largely untaxed. British banks have become an acute exemplar of a global trend, directing as much as 85% of all their lending to real estate, and driving property prices to incredible levels.

To change this, Britain will need to tax property more, relax planning laws, build much more and, above all, strike at the debt creation process described above. As property became more affordable, so the whole crisis would unwind: there would be a more natural passage from renting, either in the private or social housing sector, to owning. And conservative politicians would feel less need to pillage social housing for opportunities for home ownership because the whole structure would work better.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • The Prime Minister stated that there were three Brexit options available to the UK:   33 members have voted

    1. 1. Which of the Prime Minister's options would you choose?


      • Leave with the negotiated deal
      • Remain
      • Leave with no deal

    Please sign in or register to vote in this poll. View topic


×

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.