Monday, August 30, 2010
Or they could just build more
Local people may receive priority over immigrants when seeking council housing, under plans for new "localism" laws to be announced by the Coalition in the autumn. Councils will be able to introduce new criteria, such as how long a person or family has lived in the local area, when deciding who is granted sought-after council houses. Housing minister Grant Shapps said the move should help boost community cohesion. In some areas, tensions have emerged after immigrants were accused of receiving council housing before local people. However, the effectiveness of the new scheme will be undermined as councils will still have to offer priority housing to the homeless, those with families and other particularly needy groups. Until now, social-housing allocation has been based entirely on need.