Theft by government? Philanthropists beware, corporates rejoice, 3.4m people betrayed

What isn’t acquired by ‘right to buy’ will be privatised. As many teachers, social workers, GPs, disabled and disadvantaged people are driven to desperation by their tortuous ‘reforms’, government now proposes to rob the charitable sector.

persimmon solihullRuefully citizens watch and attempt to protest as the Conservative government spends their taxpayers’ money – so often unwisely and against the public interest. They have seen local councils robbed of their housing stock – and political devotion to the corporate sector favouring the landlord interest and delighting other potential party funders – builders of ugly, expensive and ‘poky’ housing (left).

Having failed to induce charities to take over social care at rock bottom prices (Big Society agenda to increase the sector’s role in public service provision) government has reduced their funding and is now attempting to break up the housing trusts set up by philanthropists.

bournville social housing

Government proposals will eventually benefit the landlord and corporate building sector by destroying the cherished legacies of philanthropic groups and individuals the Guinness Partnership, the Fry Housing trust, Aster, B3Living, Midland Heart, Orbit, Poplar HARCA, Riverside, Sovereign, SpectrumTrafford Housing Trust, the Haig Housing Trust and the Bournville Village Trust (above).

Further questions:

  • Will they privatise the sort of unsaleable accommodation provided by the Church Housing Trust – rich pickings for Serco etc?
  • Will much of the Peabody Group’s huge social housing provision pass eventually into the hands of private landlords?

Deplorable case history in brief:

About 800,000 housing association tenants already have a “right to acquire” their homes. Phoenix Community Housing, in south-east London, retains only a small proportion of the proceeds from each right-to-buy sale under current legislation. One of its homes valued at £205,000 in 2014 was sold through right to buy for £105,000, so private rentals-to-let-properties-007the housing association only received £27,332 – far short of the amount needed to build a replacement. Those who cannot afford the ‘right to buy’ housing will be driven to the expensive private renting sector which will happily receive the extra taxpayer subsidy.

Game set and match?

The government states that every house purchased will be replaced “on a one-for-one basis” with more affordable homes but the Department for Communities and Local Government admits that though 1.88m council homes in England have been sold since right to buy was introduced – 37% of the total stock of council homes – local authorities have built just 345,000 homes over the same period. It fails to add that this has been due to central government restrictions on the use of money derived from local housing sales.

If government means to keep its word this time, profit-driven building corporations will demand subsidies – taxpayers’ money to induce them to build the social housing needed and promised by government.

The social gap widens: whilst these proposals will cheer rather than disturb government grandees with second and third homes inherited, acquired or bestowed [latest taxpayer funded stately home in the Cotswolds ironically for unelected minister for social equality], 3.4 million people are now on the national waiting list for social housing in England.


Read further: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/apr/14/right-to-buy-housing-associations-your-questions-answered

 

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Posted on June 11, 2015, in Conflict of interest, Corporate political nexus, Democracy undermined, Environment, Finance, Government, Housing, Inequality, Lobbying, Outsourcing, Planning, Privatisation, Serco, Taxpayers' money, Vested interests and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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