DCN RESPONDS TO SOCIAL HOUSING GREEN PAPER
Responding to the Government’s Social Housing Green Paper, Cllr Tom Beattie, Vice Chairman of the District Councils’ Network, said:
“As the housing authorities, district councils know how essential social housing is to meet the various needs of our communities and this consultation is a positive step towards improving this issue.
“Whilst we are pleased that the Government has recognised the need for greater flexibility on the use of Right to Buy receipts which Districts have long called for, the timeframe for the use of future receipts must be 5 years in all cases, rather than just for existing receipts. We continue to call for councils to be able to retain 100 per cent of receipts from homes sold to help councils provide more affordable homes more quickly.
“We welcome the measures in the consultation to consider providing longer term tenancies which give people more security in their rented homes to help prevent the ‘merry-go-round’ of people having to move from their homes unnecessarily.
“We look forward to working with Government on this consultation and further measures to help Districts provide more social housing that is desperately needed as part of initiatives to tackle the housing crisis to empower people to live in affordable and good quality homes securely on their own terms.”
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