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Council house tenants set for eviction rule change
Government proposals could see tenants evicted after two years, ending lifetime security in council house
billed as a way of putting immigrants to the back of waiting lists, although they will still be given a right to accommodation if homeless. Labour claims it had already introduced the local connection rule.
The chief reform, which will end lifetime security in council housing, is likely to be divisive within the coalition.
David Cameron had said in the summer he wanted to end life tenancies for council homes to make way for contracts of five or 10 years for new tenants.
But the period floated by Cameron is now going to be cut back to just two years, so tenants whose financial circumstances have improved could be evicted with six months notice to leave.
At present, people given council homes are awarded an indefinite “secure tenancy” after a 12-month trial.
The danger with the policy is that it will work as a disincentive for a tenant to find well-paid work, since they will lose tenancy.
Shelter said tonight the two-year tenancy showed naivity about how quickly people can get back on their feet, and claimed it was the latest in a long line of housing reforms that are beginning to feel like deliberate attacks on council tenants.
The shakeup represents the biggest set of changes to council homes for 30 years, and apparently flies in the face of protests from Simon Hughes, the Liberal Democrat deputy leader.
He told a meeting of the Defend Council Housing at Westminster last month: “The last thing we want is more insecurity. You can’t say it builds up community cohesion to threaten the last bit of security in tenants’ lives. People and communities need that security.”
But the reforms are strongly supported by the Lib Dem minister in the department of communities, Andrew Stunnell. He argues there are 5 million people on council house waiting lists, and current policies have not worked.
In other reforms, councils and housing associations will also be able to charge rent of up to 80% of the market rate so that they can raise money to buy new properties.
Business Secretary Vince Cable has denied breaking promises on university tuition fees, insisting the Liberal Democrats’ pre-election pledge to oppose any rise was not binding.
He acknowledged that signing the pledge might have been the wrong “political judgment” but maintained that the coalition’s plans now to increase fees did not reflect badly on the Lib Dems’ trustworthiness.
China’s paranoia about dissent has plumbed new, absurdist depths with the sentencing of a woman to a year in a labour camp for re-posting a Tweet from her fiancé. Cheng Jianping was arrested on what would have been her wedding day, and is believed to be the first person in the world to be jailed for using Twitter.
Twitter’s chief executive, Dick Costolo, posted a message on his service yesterday which read: “Dear Chinese Government, year-long detentions for sending a sarcastic Tweet is neither the way forward nor the future of your great people.” Amnesty International and other human rights groups joined the condemnation.
Ms Cheng’s fiancé, Hua Chunhui, said the original Tweet was a send-up of recent anti-Japanese protests in China. It read: “Anti-Japanese demonstrations, smashing Japanese products, that was all done years ago by Guo Quan [an activist and expert on the 1937 Nanking Massacre]. It’s no new trick. If you really wanted to kick it up a notch, you’d immediately fly to Shanghai to smash the Japanese expo pavilion.” Ms Cheng re-posted this, adding: “Angry youth, charge!” She had previously posted a message in support of Liu Xiaobo, the jailed pro-democracy campaigner recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Perhaps every one who uses this service should retweet the message to the Chinese?