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Government scraps 'Pay more to stay'

Government scraps Pay to Stay

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The Government has scrapped its plans to introduce Pay to Stay, a policy which would have seen council tenants earning over £31,000 (or over £40,000 in London) having to pay more rent.

In March this year, NCH tenants marched in London and Nottingham in protest against the Government’s Housing and Planning Bill, which included Pay to Stay.

Housing minister Gavin Barwell said yesterday (Monday 21 November), “Since the summer, the Government has been reviewing this policy.

“We have listened carefully to the views of tenants, local authorities and others and as a result, we have decided not to proceed with a compulsory approach.”

About 70,000 tenants were set to lose about £1,000 a year from the policy, which was expected to raise just £75m annually.