Housing and Planning Bill 2015

22 Jan 2016

The Bill will bring in far reaching changes to the availability, accessibility and cost of social housing. Whilst it will bring in the Right to Buy for Housing Association tenants something we are not in principle opposed to as we believe all social tenants should have the same rights it will also-

  • introduce flexible tenancies that will put an end to life time tenancies, with new tenancies only granted for between 2 and 5 years although there may be some exceptions.
  • introduce pay to stay which will mean higher rents charged to those classed as higher income households
  • reduce regulation applied to social landlords that could affect future governance and standards of tenant involvement
  • require councils to pay the Treasury the equivalent to the market value of high value housing likely to become vacant in the financial year.  However they may have to pay back less if they agree to spend some of the money on new housing.

If you too have concerns go to http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-the-housing-bill  and sign the petition campaigning against the Bill.

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