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  • In the Spotlight

    Sell off of council houses - lobby government

    Agree that ongoing RTB will be helping to gentrify Council estates and hopefully go some way towards avoiding ghettos developing - noting that since the change to needs based tenancy allocation since late 1970s UK has in essence corralled the poorest households in SRS.

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    In a couple of target areas of mine I see they've demolished lock-up garages owned & maintained by the council (or not as the case was) to provide 'social housing'.

    Although I see that on the site of a former pub they're now building 'affordable rent' flats. I never knew there was a difference in £rent until recently.

    I'm sure 'affordable rent' will be the preferred option for a lot of councils, rather than 'social housing'?

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    Actually yes - I too know of a location where old unused Council lock up garage areas were demolished and replaced by sheltered bungalow housing.

    The so called "affordable rent" model morphed out of the former "intermediate rent" being a kinda halfway house between social rent at c.50% of market rent and affordable being nearer 80% MR.

    LAs since around 1985 have not been allowed to borrow for new build social housing - so most new builds are now via HAs.

    But since early 1990s Cap Subsidy from central Govt was cut from 75% to just 14% - so 86% of build costs need commercial loans at sector average 4.125% over typically 60 yrs - where a £100k loan needs £376 pcm repayments ie Rent.

    An example is a new build 2 bed HA flat in Kingston with rent £1000 pcm - with older units from 1940s/50s charged at around £600 pcm.

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    I have been going on about the broken housing markets for ages.

    The problem is there is no one body over seeing the housing and rental sectors. What is needed is a department set up to deal with the problem.

    A national housing dept. that would take control and over site  of social and rented housing is what is needed. .

    The problem is all governments know the problems but fail to take any major over view but just put there fingers in the holes to stop the ship sinking.

    Well wake up the revolution is coming .

    Already plans to evacuate the royal family in the event of riots over Brexit. Its not Brexit - idiots- its the general feeling across many sectors of the community who have had enough of austerity and all the rest. Just wait until the summer when it will all kick off not only here but across Europe.

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