Monday, August 30, 2010

Or they could just build more

Locals to be given priority in queue for council housing

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.

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3 thoughts on “Or they could just build more

  • Maybe they could give it to people who vote Conservative like Westminster council used to.

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  • Yes, 20 years of living at the taxpayer’s largess should be worth more than 3 years of hard but low-paid work.

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  • Maybe they could do something radical like, oh dunno build more council houses? The Tories, making New Labour proud by rearranging the deckchairs for four years while they wait for the next election.

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