Investment in Council Housing through means testing

Council housing rents could be means tested - in this way those who are in full time employment with the ability to pay market value rents would do so. Whilst those unemployed/disabled/on low wages would benefit from lower rents.

Why the contribution is important

Council houses are often poorly maintained and insulated - this year my area increased rents by 1% which was the lowest option available and came with the warning that it would not allow for investment in the quality of existing houses.

Council housing rents could be means tested - in this way those who are in full time employment with the ability to pay market value rents would do so. Whilst those unemployed/disabled/on lw wages would benefit from lower rents. This could have two effects: 1. it would increase the quantity of funds available to invest in upgrading and repairing the council housing stock 2. If people didn't want to pay the full market value then they could move to better housing from other landlords - which would free up houses for those on teh Council house waiting lists

by Stevep on February 04, 2016 at 02:55PM

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  • Posted by gmcrostie February 26, 2016 at 14:59

    The allocation of Council houses needs to be more transparent, it is known in my area that Councils allocate houses to immigrants before people that have been born and brought up in that area. HM Forces should be given a higher priority when they discharge from the forces.
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