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.


Contempt for council tenants in Kensington & Chelsea

April 21, 2010 at 8:00 am | Posted in London | Comments Off on Contempt for council tenants in Kensington & Chelsea
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In Kensington and Chelsea, a Tory councillor has called council estates “ghettos” which are “full of paranoia”.  He made the comments in a debate on the proposed demolition of a council estate.

In neighbouring Hammersmith and Fulham, Tory contempt for council tenants is clear. A council memo describes council housing as “barracks for the poor” and “warehousing poverty”. Their solution is the end of social housing.

The Tories say one thing but do another.  Their policies are driven by dogma not the needs of the local community.

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