Thursday, Dec 10, 2015

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Gruniard: Council tenants lose lifetime right to live in property

Not sure if this has been thought through. If the deal is if your income is significantly higher after 5 years you get the boot, surely there will be an overwhelming temptation to work shorter hours / take a lower paying job / etc. close to the time that your home gets means tested? Or maybe even get knocked up to keep your home? The figures are enormous - difference between council and private rents is huge in the best locations. People on modest incomes in London council houses would have to move miles and miles away from their communities if they were booted into the private sector.
There's also the question of whether this should be any of central government's business. Council houses belong to councils, they pay for themselves, and this is a matter best left to local residents.

Posted by mombers @ 01:48 PM (3585 views)
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