Response: Pay to Stay consultation

By: Deborah Garvie  Published: September 2012


Any policy to amend the setting of social rents must be considered in terms of the benefits it will bring to people in housing need and be based on a thorough impact assessment. The data and estimates cited in the consultation are not referenced, making it difficult to assess the potential impact of this policy.

Summary

However, an initial analysis of the figures suggests that the policy would be of limited value in addressing housing need.  In our view, the real solution is to provide more genuinely affordable housing, rather than creating an additional bureaucratic burden for social landlords to charge higher rents to the tiny proportion of social renters who have worked hard and done well.

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