Tuesday, October 19, 2010
No more council houses for life
The social housing budget in England is to be cut by more than 50% in the Spending Review. Council housing "for life" will be phased out, with the needs of new council tenants assessed over time to see if they still require help with housing from their local authority. At present, council tenants keep their property for life unless they breach their tenancy agreement, for example, by engaging in anti-social behaviour. They can also pass their homes onto their children. Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes said his party was against the idea, which was not coalition policy.