Main Points from recent public events:
- How will the decision by 50% of HA’s, (who were only given 6 days to decide and no consultation with tenants), to accept the government’s plan affect the future of social housing.
- Some councils have already said they will not work with these HA’s – contact BHCC to see where they stand on this.
- We discussed the effect on those tenants who do buy of fluctuating interest rates – will they be able to afford their mortgage if rates go up?
- Better advertise events like this by leafleting more social housing tenants
- Involve private tenants as the scheme will have a knock-on effect on the private market, if we have less social housing
- We discussed the use of two favorite words of the moment “Affordable” which no longer means truly affordable and “Aspiration” and the assumption that everybody wants to “own” their own property.
We will continue to campaign against this and be watching how other councils react and if there is any secondary legislation forcing councils to sell their “high-end” properties to finance the discounts to HA’s.
Tenant Solidarity meeting 15th October 2015