Reward those who help community
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.