The Tory housing policy announced yesterday hardly needs more trashing than it’s already getting, but from a practical ‘housing management’ point of view (which is where I sit some of the time), I thought I’d add the following.
The council estate I work on is certainly among the most ‘valuable’ in the borough. It’s in a property market ‘hot spot’, so a bedsit can sell for £325,000. Based on the Tory plans, we would have to sell-off each home on the estate as it became empty. Over the last year that would have meant we would have been unable to rehouse – in decent, secure, affordable accommodation –
1. A woman with acute physical and mental health problems.
2. Two families who had been living in overcrowded homes for years.
3. A vulnerable young woman leaving care.
The truth is that by trying to kill-off council housing, the Tories hope to remove working class people from areas they think should be reserved for the wealthy. It is a great shame that Labour’s housing policy has had very similar objectives.