Labour Councillors have proposed a motion to Council defending Winchester's council owned housing in the face of government threats. The motion proposed is as follows -
“The Council notes that the Queen’s speech included plans for legislation to extend
the right to buy to housing associations, and that the Department for Communities
and Local Government has stated that, to help fund this policy, councils will be
required to sell their most expensive housing when it falls vacant.
This Council, as a Council which has retained ownership and management of its
council homes, believes that this may force the Council to sell properties that are
considered to be high value, including many family homes, stripping it of its ability to
manage its own housing stock, making it harder for people on lower incomes who
are already struggling to access a decent home at a price that they afford, and
increasing the chances of families spending time in temporary accommodation.
The Council is further concerned that this may result in new council properties being
sold off almost as soon as they are built, instead of being let to local residents in
housing need, including those on the housing waiting list.
This Council resolves to write to the Prime Minister and the local MPs, expressing
these concerns, and urging the Government to review this policy.”
Labour will continue to fight for high quality, genuinely affordable housing to meet local need as a priority for Winchester City Council.