Stop selling off our council houses
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
bucksnews@ trinitysouth.co.uk ONL