Bad decisions by government: 38 – re social housing

joan goodwin housing liaison boardAs people on the country’s housing registers wait in vain to be decently housed, Joan Goodwin, Chairman of Birmingham City Council’s Housing Liaison Board (right), clarifies the blocks on effective action.

Speaking on Adrian Goldberg’s WM Radio programme today, she explained that when representatives of the country’s councils get together they all call for government permission to borrow in order to build social housing – but they do not get it.

Meanwhile developers build ‘aspirational’ homes are riding roughshod over local residents’ wishes, building on greenfield or even floodprone sites and threatening councils with legal action if not given planning permission.

Joan Goodwin added persuasively that, in addition to meeting people’s needs, building social housing would give a nation-wide boost to the economy.

 

 

Posted on August 6, 2013, in Civil servants, Government, Local government, Planning and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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