‘Dev­as­tat­ing’ ef­fect of hous­ing sale

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - 65th Wedding Anniversary -

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.”

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