UK Politics

Conservative Party: New system for Social Housing

News   •   Nov 25, 2010 11:15 GMT

The out-of-date concepts have seen waiting lists rocket and are unfair to people who genuinely need social homes, they trap existing tenants in poverty, often in homes that aren't suitable for them.

The changes we're bringing in will ensure that from now on social housing helps as many people as possible.  The new system will protect the most vulnerable in society, ensuring those in greatest housing need are given priority.

It will also be more flexible, with councils and housing associations able to offer fixed tenancies that give people the helping hand they need, when they need it. But above all it will be fairer - councils will now be able to make decisions that genuinely meet the needs of local people, and the changes will not any affect any existing tenants.

Housing Minister Grant Shapps said:

"For far too long in this country there has been a lazy consensus about the use of social housing, which has left one of our most valuable resources trapped in a system that helps far fewer people than it should."

And he added, "The new system will protect the most vulnerable in society, ensuring those in greatest housing need are given priority. It will also be more flexible, with councils and housing associations able to offer fixed tenancies that give people the helping hand they need, when they need it. But above all it will be fairer - councils will now be able to make decisions that genuinely meet the needs of local people, and the changes will not any affect any existing tenants."