Re­ward those who help com­mu­nity

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Comment -

IN the main it seems that all the key play­ers are agreed on hous­ing pri­or­i­ties.

MP Ste­wart Jack­son wants the city coun­cil to put lo­cal res­i­dents ahead of peo­ple mov­ing into the city on hous­ing pri­or­ity lists.

Fol­low­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of the Gov­ern­ment’s Lo­cal­ism Act, one coun­cil has brought in a new al­lo­ca­tion scheme that pri­ori­tises lo­cal, work­ing res­i­dents and fixed-term te­nan­cies for new so­cial hous­ing let­tings – ef­fec­tively putting lo­cal peo­ple first in the queue.

Mr Jack­son is on the case in Peter­bor­ough and wants the city coun­cil to do the same.

Adrian Chap­man, the coun­cil’s head of neigh­bour­hood ser­vices, has con­firmed poli­cies are be­ing re-drafted and Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil leader Cllr Marco Cer­este has echoed the en­thu­si­asm for sup­port­ing lo­cal peo­ple who de­serve it as the coun­cil al­ready has done with ex-ser­vice per­son­nel.

Ul­ti­mately, the spirit of the Lo­cal­ism Act is to pro­mote and sus­tain lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

That means giv­ing a help­ing hand to lo­cal peo­ple who want to live and stay in the area and why shouldn’t the fact that some­one has ben­e­fited their com­mu­nity not prove a fac­tor in them get­ting that sup­port.

If you re­ally do get some­thing out based on what you put in to a com­mu­nity that can only sup­port the peo­ple who de­serve it most.

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