Friday, March 26, 2010

From the Front Line: bottom line is we need cheaper homes

Frontline soldiers to jump queue for council houses

A taste of the real economy... "Homeless charity Shelter published the housing league this week which said an average of 317 new affordable homes have been built in Manchester in each of the past three years, despite a housing waiting list of around 20,000 which will take five years to clear... The charity estimates that a Manchester resident would have to earn £34,783-a-year to buy an average-price property in the city. Manchester’s Liberal Democrat housing spokesman ... criticised the council’s performance, saying it had an appalling record for providing social housing. He added: "The lamentable failure to meet local social housing needs rests entirely with this failed Labour administration and government." " Not many on £35k in Manchester... it's all about to get messy!

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5 thoughts on “From the Front Line: bottom line is we need cheaper homes

  • mark wadsworth says:

    That’s all part of the Home-Owner-Ist strategy, prepetrated by Tories and Labour alike – every young person not in social housing is another person paying rent to an existing landlord for an existing or trying to scramble onto the increasingly expensive housing ladder.

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  • Happyrenting says:

    Couldn’t have said it better myself, Mark. That sums up my situation. I consider myself comfortable for a guy of my age (31) and there is no way I’m about to run head-first into massive debts buying a shoe box, all to climb on the swaying ladder.

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  • Remind me,…..what happened to all the council houses? and who got rid of them???

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    Ig, about a third (the nicer ones) were sold at less than half of market value to win votes in marginal constituencies, these purchasers then waited the minimum three years and sold them on at a nice profit, and they’re now being let back to the same people who would have been given a council house, only their rent (at about 50% above market value) is being paid by the taxpayer.

    So that’s win-win for the Home-Owner-Ists and lose-lose for people at the bottom of the ladder and taxpayers alike.

    Thatcher started this, but it’s not like Labour were any better.

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  • The article is so spurious as to be laughable;

    “Heroic soldiers injured while serving their country will be able to jump the queue for council houses in Manchester under radical new reforms…Tenants will be placed in six bands and the new policy says members of the armed forces who need to move into adapted accommodation due to injury, disability or a condition sustained as a result of service will be awarded preference in line with new government policy which is due to be spread nationwide.”

    Huh…? Soldiers injured are going to queue jump? Queue jump who? Disabled people (depending on severity of their problems) always have had a priority on social housing. How is this a change? Slow news day in that neck of the woods.

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