England’s social housing budget to be halved

Following on the heels of the education cuts, from the BBC

The social housing budget in England is to be cut by more than 50% in the Spending Review, the BBC understands.

Council houses “for life” will also end for new tenants, with their entitlement assessed at regular intervals.

Despite the cuts, ministers are likely to set a target of building 150,000 affordable homes, changing the way councils charge rent to finance them.

Tenants will be charged nearer the going market rate, to release cash for the building programme.

I love the use of key neo-liberal phrases like “greater flexibility” when what they mean is “more ways we can control you.”  This promises to be nothing short of a disaster for England’s poorest, funny how the kinder gentler Conservatives are basically just Thatcher 2.0.


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