After the PM’s controversial suggestions on council house reform at his Q&A session in Brighton and Hove, Lincoln City Council has come out and warned it could have an impact on local council services. Under the possible reform, new council tenants would sign 5 to 10 year contracts instead of having the property for life, after the contract period they would be forced to move from their homes.
John Bibby, director of housing at the City of Lincoln Council, said:”We understand this suggestion was put forward by the Prime Minister in response to a question from a member of the public, with the intention of opening up a debate on the priorities for affordable housing.”
“At this stage, it’s just a debate. Until we get a detailed consultation paper, it’s difficult to assess the implications.”
The reasoning behind the idea is that over 5 to 10 years a tenant’s situation can change and they may want to look for someone who’s trying to sell a house on the open market and move into their own property. Plus, by putting contracts in place more needy people can get a roof over their head while those that have settled in a council property are more able to but/rent in the private sector.