Stop selling off our coun­cil houses

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

THE news on the front page of your pub­li­ca­tion that no new ‘so­cial’ hous­ing at all was built in Bea­cons­field last year is a sad in­dict­ment of the sys­tem gen­er­ally.

For many years there was a struc­ture where coun­cils built ‘coun­cil houses’ which were des­ig­nated for peo­ple on lower in­comes that could not af­ford to buy, with pri­vate de­vel­op­ers build­ing homes for peo­ple that had the in­come to pur­chase (al­beit nor­mally with help from a mort­gage).

Then a num­ber of dumb ideas came along. Sub­stan­tial num­bers of coun­cil houses were (and con­tinue to be) sold off cheaply to ten­ants who then make a killing by selling them on at a profit, thus de­priv­ing peo­ple on low in­comes the chance of rent­ing that prop­erty.

Then, dum­ber still, the gov­ern­ment said ‘hang on why should we build any­thing at all? Let’s force pri­vate de­vel­op­ers to build so­cial homes for us and refuse to grant plan­ning per­mis­sion to

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