Friday, 6 August 2010


Still on hols but have been reading El Pais´ take on the ConDem housing policy that threatens anyone who needs to live in social rented housing for longer than five years. (By the way El Pais also dislikes Cameron.)

So, let´s take an average family living in a two-bed flat in Golborne. Let´s say there are two parents, one working part-time very locally. The two young adults of the family, who have to share a room, are both gainfully occupied, one working in Nu-Line (though their job may be at risk because of the building industry failing) and the other doing an apprenticeship at a local college. Maybe one gets sick and needs treatment. But they might still be considered ´TOO RICH´for social housing.

OF COURSE as there are in theory four people working, they will be able to afford a three-bedroom home near their work and college. It would only cost about 750,000 pounds (no pound signs on Spanish keyboards). Minimum. So they will have to eff off to outer Brent or outer East Ham. No more jobs or training for them.

And what about Right to Buy¿? I haven´t seen any comments on the future of this scheme, which like it or not, kept local families in the community when they could afford to put a bit back in and kept neighbourhoods neighbourly. Whatever will be the future for those who have already exercised their Right to Buy, or who have then sold on the open market, when estates become ´ghettoes of fear and paranoia´as a certain Tory so lovingly considers them¿?

BRILLIANTLY THOUGHT THROUGH AS ALWAYS. Grant Shapps, really has his hand on the um helicopter joystick.

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