New Clause 19 — Capital receipts from disposal of housing land

Part of Road Safety – in the House of Commons at 4:15 pm on 18th May 2011.

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Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) 4:15 pm, 18th May 2011

Earlier, the Minister assured us that there would be regulations to protect secure tenants—he mentioned a period of five years and, I believe, used the word “scaremongering”. May I share with my hon.

Friend the letter from Notting Hill Housing that I mentioned, which I have now obtained? It states:

“The Government have recently set out their plans for the future of social housing. Up until now, this has been known as permanent housing. New homes will be let with fixed-term tenancies for a minimum of two years”.

It finishes:

“Since permanent housing will no longer be available, these changes will affect everyone seeking housing from April 2011.”

Does that not indicate that the Minister was completely wrong in the assurances that he gave?