Shapps's vision already nearly reality
Tuesday 28 August 2012
Right-wing think tank director Neil O'Brien said: "I don't believe anybody has the right to live in the most expensive parts of town," while Housing Minister Grant Shapps said that for local authorities to sell off vacant properties in more expensive areas was a "blindingly obvious" solution to fiscal shortfalls and stimulating home building (Tories plan ghettoes for council tenants, M Star August 20).
Well, away from Ministry of Truth daily news output and BBC "home-owner TV" programme content that gets sold on to satellite channels, caps on central government funding for social housing are apparently leading some residential social landlords to attempt to do just what O'Brien and Shapps are advocating.
This is despite the fact that tenanted homes containing secure tenancy agreement tenants prohibit sale of a property on the open market if the tenant does not want to be uprooted after as many as 28 years in the same location.
Many are being bought by overseas investors fleeing their own dodgy economies and are then left empty.
While deregulation of banking and the housing market have led to exponential growth of house prices since the 1980s,
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