Saturday, November 11, 2006

Time for the fourth option

Any councillor in an inner city area will tell you tales of horror about 'publicly rented' housing. Not necessarily about the run down state of the housing stock, although repairs and maintenance are a big issue, but the sheer desperation of the homeless as 3 decades of under investment in social housing takes its toll. More and more councils feel the need to accept the bribes to divest themselves of the housing they have left after the 'right to buy', private sector landlords are rubbing their hands with glee and coining it in. But not all tenants are falling for the 'jam tomorrow' glossy publicity. Residents in council housing are standing up to government efforts to sell off their homes. Good for them, say I.