Hurrah, hurrah!

David Cameron announces plan to end lifetime council tenancies

Council homes for life to be replaced by tenancies lasting as little as five years based on need and income

Damn right.

That at one point in your life you are in need of aid in getting housing is a perfectly good justification for you to be given aid in housing at one time in your life.

Just as not being able to afford food is a good reason for the rest of us to chip in and give you money for food.

However, that you at one point in your life need money for food is not a good reason for the rest of us to subsidise your food for life. Nor is being in need of housing at one point a good reason for the rest of us to subsidise your housing for life.

Time limits on council housing, yup, bring it on!

The homeless charity Shelter said tonight: \”We do not believe the big question in housing policy is security of tenure for new tenants. The prime minister has sidestepped the fundamental cause of our housing crisis – the desperate lack of affordable housing supply.\”

That shortage of course in part being caused by hundreds of thousands of people who no longer need housing subsidy still getting it.

Twats.

7 thoughts on “Hurrah, hurrah!”

  1. Whaddyaknow – if you make something cheaper (by subsidising it) then people will want more of it, and be unlikely to give it up. It’s good to see this government realising that social housing is a limited resource that maybe should be allocated to make best use of it. Of course, “affordable housing” is a complete misnomer, “subsidised housing” is what it actually is, via transfers from those not in it to those living in it. Pedantic point, but one I like to make.

    Charlie

  2. Grant Shap(p)s on Today this morning was careful to emphasise that this policy, if implemented, would not apply to any current occupier of “social” housing: so f*** all effect until Labour gets in and reverses the policy.

  3. The danger with need being the driver is that, taking a worst example but one which is from reality, the unmarried mother with children from a number of different fathers who embraces a criminal lifestyle and brings up her children accordingly has more claim on the housing ladder than a couple who follow all the rules. Need vs behaviour as the criterion.

  4. “That shortage of course in part being caused by hundreds of thousands of people who no longer need housing subsidy still getting it”

    Shite, Tim. Where’s your evidence?

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