Tens of thousands of hard-working families will be forced to leave their council homes and find themselves unable to afford a local alternative as a result of government plans to restrict social housing to the poorest, according to research obtained by the Observer.
The devastating figures – in a report commissioned by the Local Government Association – show that almost 60,000 households in England will be unable to afford to remain in their council properties from April next year, as a result of George Osborne’s reform, called “pay to stay”.
Under the policy, announced in last year’s budget, families or individuals earning more than £40,000 a year in London, and more than £30,000 elsewhere, will be told to pay the local market rate in the private sector, rather than the far lower social rent. The move is part of Tory plans to end what ministers say are effectively subsidies for better-off council tenants.
One is as above. The other is, well, why are 60,000 families who are not poor being subsidised as if they are poor?