More contempt for council housing in Barnet

April 30, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Posted in London | Comments Off on More contempt for council housing in Barnet
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David Cameron said in the third Leaders Debate that he wanted to;

 “Reward councils that go ahead and build homes for families.”

But his councils tell another story entirely.

The Tory Cabinet Member for Housing at ‘no frills’ Barnet Council has said that he was “proud” of Barnet’s housing waiting list and that some people on the list were there as a “lifestyle choice”.  These comments were made at a Full Council meeting on 20 April 2010.  

This is in a borough where figures released by homeless charity Shelter, show that residents waiting for social housing in Barnet have the longest wait in the country.  It has also agreed 2,209 fewer homes than it was asked to deliver and missed its Local Area Agreement targets to deliver affordable homes for rent.

Residents living in Barnet would need to earn around £66,000 per annum to be able to afford to buy an average-priced house in the borough.

The Tory Councils in London are showing their true contempt for social housing.  Hammersmith & Fulham Tories call council housing “barracks for the poor” and “warehousing poverty”.  Tories in neighbouring Kensington & Chelsea call council housing “ghettos”.  The Council is looking at ending secure council tenancies and raising rents to private sector levels four times what they are now. 

Cameron’s Tories are a serious threat to social housing as we know it.


Tories guilty of health and safety excess

April 20, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Posted in London | Comments Off on Tories guilty of health and safety excess
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David Cameron says that health and safety legislation has created a,

“Stultifying blanket of bureaucracy and fear”

But Luke Akehurst writes that it’s Tory Councils who are guilty of the worst excesses of health and safety culture.  Examples include:

  • A school in Tory-run East Cheshire forcing children to wear goggles to play conkers

Even Tory blogger Iain Dale says,

“What it demonstrates is that these councils are presided over by weak politicians who have little control over their officers.”

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