Tenants should be stopped from buying council homes, according to council chiefs.So, do they ‘represent their tenants’? Well…
Brighton and Hove City Council’s minority Green administration believes selling more local authority properties will only deepen the housing crisis in the city.
The views, which the council says represents its 13,000 tenants and leaseholders, have been submitted to the Government as part of a national consultation on the right to buy scheme.
lindi_lmf says...Quite so.
Why shouldn't people here have the opportunity of buying their homes? They would be allowed a huge discount and where do the Greens expect the money to come from to build more social housing?
If tenants have worked hard, saved money and looked after their property, they should have the same chance as anybody else to be a home owner.
Oh, there’s plenty of agreement with the council, and the usual blaming of ‘this Tory government’ for everything, but there’s also encouraging signs that the bloom is well off the rose:
BeeJam says...Oh, dear….
i'm getting a bit fed up with these Greens. I've voted Green for the last 6 years or so but they are starting to really get my goat. I have an allotment - so they want to not just double but triple the amount i pay over three years. I am also saving to buy my BHCC council house but now they want to take that away from me too. It's not about RTB, it's about being able to keep enough of the money to build new homes. I'm not rich, but i work and am not on any benefits... - be careful Greens you are targeting the very people who put you where you are now.
lindi_lmf says...And the real reason for a goodly chunk of our ‘housing crisis’ gets a look in too:
What I find galling is that the future leader of the Council, Jason Kitcat, had a very privileged public school education. Whether by assisted place or not, he had opportunies which are denied to many young people here.
Now he, and his party, want to draw up the ladder and deny the aspirational working class the chance of a good free school and chance to buy their home.
ray ellerton says...I’ve a feeling the Greens are going to find themselves one-term winners.
Right to Buy would be fine if the revenue raised from sales were re-invested in suitable council housing for young LOCAL families, preferably those with a job....