Friday, 23 July 2010
Kissing goodbye to new council homes in Brighton
Cash earmarked to help councils fund the building of new homes has been slashed by £450 million - and the scheme closed to new deals.
Brighton and Hove's failure to submit any bids early enough means there will be no new council homes here - creating a perfect storm of future homelessness, as the value of Housing Benefit falls and housing associations' building programmes in financial meltdown.
Bill Randall, the Greens' Convenor on the city Council, warned the move would also hit the city's economy.
“The news will dash the hopes of homeless and poorly-housed people in the city who believed new council homes could offer them a housing lifeline. Tenant groups who championed a new building programme will be deeply disappointed.
“The shortage of good quality and affordable homes in the city is likely to be with us for a long time and jobs will be lost in the building industry. The implications for homelessness apart, the shortage will also damage the city’s economic prospects.”