Fergus Wilson Panorama documentary – now available on iPlayer22:10 PM, 18th March 2019
About A week ago 99
Councils are going to be on the front line of this complete disaster and we should all make this clear to them. I don’t just mean detailing our own financial predicament and explaining the mathematics behind it. I mean making clear what we are going to do (be forced to increase rents and/or sell-up) because of George Osborne’s Tax on Mortgage Interest and the emergency that every council will face in consequence.
They need to know that they have just 5 years to dramatically increase their own housing provision, because their worst nightmare is coming: their housing waiting lists are going to be utterly overwhelmed by 1) people pushed out of the private rental sector by our withdrawal from the market, 2) housing benefit tenants that we can no longer afford to house. Their current predicament is going to look like a picnic in comparison to what is heading their way.
We have all had those phone calls I am sure, when our council wishes to inquire if we’ve spare capacity for some of their potential tenants: When you tell them no, tell not for any longer after the passing of clause 24 and that you’ll probably have to sell up as a result. Sorry but it’s out of my hands, take it up with George.
I believe we could cause a real stir with a concerted, collective effort in this area. Council’s are going to absolutely hate trying and failing to clean up this mess left to them by the Chancellor.
We each need to direct our e-mails to our local council’s housing departments and key figures in the organisation. I also think that we should share these e-mail addresses on this forum. In addition to contacting my own council I am planning on sending a massive one bearing the title of the forum, so I may need help gathering as many addresses as possible for that.
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