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Affordable Housing (London)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 26th January 2010.

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Photo of Clive Efford Clive Efford Labour, Eltham 2:30 pm, 26th January 2010

Can my right hon. Friend explain to me why, when the wealthy and powerful suggest things like raising rents to market levels for council and housing association tenants, or taking away their secure tenancies, it is not seen as class war? Does it not amount to a loathing of council and housing association tenants on the part of the Tory party?

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Arnold Tarling
Posted on 27 Jan 2010 12:24 pm (Report this annotation)

Labour have treated owner occupiers on the Ferrier Estate appallingly forcing many to become tenants due to the derisory compulsory purchase payments - eg 1 bed flat £45,000 - 4 bed maisonette £180,000. There are still people living on a demolition site - mainly former owner occupiers who have only been tenants since compulsory purchase and have gone to the bottom of the waiting list.

Under Labour - In Lambeth the Housing Association who took over social housing from Lambeth Council have increased service charges on tower blocks on Grantham road to such an extent that retired owner occupier have been forced to go back to work and no-one can sell their flats.

Does this not amount to a loathing of owner occupiers on the part of the Labour Party?

Under Labour - the Ferrier Estate is being cleared of social tenants to be replaced by private properties. Some say that meeting minutes show that this was to increase the value of the site. Agreements to rehouse many former tenants on the site have been ignored.

Strangely no-one from the Labour Party leadership will attend the site to meet the tenants - but they do go to Tory controlled sites where redevelopment affects the tenants in order to criticise the Tories.