The Guardian: Social housing under threat?

Here’s an article about social housing in the Guardian:

http://www.theguardian.com/housing-network/2015/sep/25/social-housing-sell-off-right-to-buy-privatisation

“In prime minister’s questions just over a week ago, David Cameron said something interesting. It may have been a slip of the tongue, but Cameron, responding to a question from Jeremy Corbyn on the housing crisis, opined that housing associations were “a public body” that had yet to be subject to efficiency measures.”

“But the thinktank Policy Exchange told Inside Housing that if the Office for National Statistics decides to reclassify housing associations as public bodies, two outcomes are likely. The first is that the government baulk at having the £60bn housing association debt added to the balance sheet, when their rhetoric has been to reduce government spending, debt and the deficit. The second outcome follows as a result: housing associations are fully privatised and sold off.”

“Unite the union takes these prospects seriously and warns that the last remaining social housing in Britain is at serious risk and the housing sector needs to prepare for a “political battle royal”. ”

… Relative to our experience of Circle Housing, we might be tempted to hope something radical would happen to change the way our HA works, but if it were wholly privatised, the rents might be unregulated and homes might be even more in jeopardy.

But then again, maybe the high fliers in Circle have an eye on that kind of endgame already. Who knows?

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2 thoughts on “The Guardian: Social housing under threat?”

  1. Having Invented the Housing Associations (Registered Charities and Social Landords ) to take over former Local Authority owned residential properties/ALMO properties, the government litterally does not know what to do with them. Clearly on a market valuation of development potential many in some locations have an unrealised asset base, which I am certain the tresury would like to plunder, but some have properties and land in locations that they cannot (from future rental incomes ) develop economically.

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