Nottingham City Homes (NCH) is inviting tenants along to events in Nottingham this week to discuss the Government’s proposals for the future of council housing.
The proposals include major changes to the rights of social housing tenants, including those living in council houses. The proposed changes include:
- The end of lifetime tenancies. People moving into council houses will have tenancies that will only last for up to five years
- The sale of higher value homes. The forced sale of higher value council houses as they become empty, with the income derived going to the Government to finance the roll out of the Right to Buy scheme to housing associations.
- Pay more to stay. Households with an income of more than £30,000 will have to pay more rent
- Capped housing benefit. A limit will be set to the amount of housing benefit that people, especially single people, can claim.
Councillor Jane Urquhart, Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning and Housing, said: “The Government is proposing some sweeping changes for council housing, without listening to the people who will be affected. I’m concerned that if these proposals become a reality, many Nottingham families will find it harder to find a decent home they can afford to live in. We have organised this event so that our tenants are better informed about what the Government is proposing and have the opportunity to make their voice heard.”
Janet Storar MBE, Chair of the Board of Nottingham City Homes and a tenant for over 30 years, said: “As a long standing tenant I am very concerned that the Government is considering taking away the opportunity of a secure home for all future tenants. I want NCH tenants know more about what the Government is proposing so that they can feed back their views and let the Government know what they think.”
The tenant events take place on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 February at Nottingham’s Council House.