‘Devastating’ effect of housing sale
A homeless charity has warned of the ‘devastating impact’ the loss of 57 council houses in the borough could have if they are sold off to the private market.
Shelter says that nearly 5,580 potential council properties in the South East could be sold to private landlords.
Government proposals mean that council homes worth more than a set threshold for the region should be sold when they become vacant. The money would then be used to fund new discounts of up to £100,000 for housing association tenants taking up the Right to Buy.
Campbell Robb, Shelter’s chief executive, said: “At a time when millions of families are struggling to find somewhere affordable to live, plans to sell off large swathes of the few genuinely affordable homes we have left is only going to make things worse.
“More and more families with barely a hope of ever affording a home of their own and who no longer have the option of social housing, will be forced into unstable and expensive private renting.
“The government needs to scrap this proposal and start helping the millions of ordinary families struggling with sky high housing costs.
“If George Osborne is serious about turning around the housing crisis, the autumn spending review is his last chance to invest in the genuinely affordable homes this country desperately needs.”