Response - Council housing: a real future

By: Deborah Garvie  Published: July 2010


Shelter supports the replacement of the current Housing Revenue Account subsidy system, which is no longer financially sustainable to any local council. We are therefore very pleased that the Coalition Government is committed to action to overhaul the system.

Summary

With an estimated funding backlog of £3.2 billion to improve sub-standard council housing, 1.8 million households waiting for a council home, over a million children growing up in overcrowded conditions and millions of households struggling to meet their housing costs, it is essential that reform of the council housing finance system – along with this autumn’s Comprehensive Spending Review – provides councils with sufficient funds to:

§  bring all homes up to current standards or repair and safety,

§  meet future repair and modernisation needs,

§  avoid unaffordable or unexpected rent rises to their tenants,

§  build desperately needed new homes and

§  remain financially viable as council landlords so that tenants’ homes are not at risk.


 

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