Thursday, September 16, 2010

Renting C*** from the LocalAuthority

One in four council homes fails 'Decent Homes Standard'

One in four London council homes is cold, run-down or outdated, government figures seen by BBC London show. Almost 100,000 local authority dwellings have not reached the government's Decent Homes Standard.

Posted by tudorian @ 11:31 AM (1068 views)
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3 thoughts on “Renting C*** from the LocalAuthority

  • I know it’s bad form to comment on your own post, but ….

    Mark W made the point in an earlier post that housing benefit paid to private landlord should go towards building and maintaining an increase stock of social housing … this articals shows that there’s a need for sure!

    Also no Connaught’s gone, who’s going to bring these s***holes up to standard? (maybe they were below standard because of Connaught ?)

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  • tudor,
    Connaught were just one of many social housing maintenance companies. Others will step into the breach. Their collapse was because they borrowed too much money and tried to grow too fast; not because they were bad at maintaining social housing.

    This article highlights a good reason *not* to build more council housing – the councils simply aren’t any good at keeping it up to scratch. We don’t have council supermarkets or council clothes shops (though Aldi and Matalan come close); we just give poor people money and leave them to decide how best to spend it. If we applied the same system to housing, they could just choose to move house if their current house isn’t suitable. (Caveat: we’d need some reform to private rent regulations.)

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  • ontheotherhand says:

    Are these ‘decent’ housing standards affordable within our welfare state? Does it matter if the kitchen is old? I bet they count ‘hazards’ as plugs that haven’t been safety certified by electricians annually for example. It reminds me of the definition of poverty being a household living on less than 60% of the national median, or that Rowntree’s minimum standard of living requires some budget for wine at home, contents insurance, baby sitting, £800 for birthdays and Christmas, and £600 for a UK holiday… As the MEW crowd piled in flatscreen TVs, broadband, Sky over the last few years, will these become part of the minimum standard of living in the UK soon?

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