Bill driven by Tory ideology; Letters.
THE Government's Housing and Planning Bill is unfair, unjust and discriminatory against those living on low incomes, and it will not help those in need of affordable housing. And it ends the long-held British understanding that access to decent housing should not fundamentally depend on income.
Beneath the government rhetoric of addressing the housing problem and pump-priming 'starter homes', rented housing provided by the public sector is coming to an end.
The stock of council housing is set to shrink through enforced sales of better properties; new tenants will only be offered short-term tenancies and some will lose the subsidy which makes public sector housing affordable.
There will be constant churn of tenants, undermining stable communities, which is one of the strengths of the North East.
The impact of these measures will be housing insecurity, higher rents and fewer opportunities for the next generation with housing needs to access decent, affordable housing.
More and more people will have to rent in the private sector, a sector with variable standards and poor regulation.
This legislation is driven by pure Tory ideology - owner occupation good, but public housing for rent bad.
The government is hell-bent on getting this legislation through, but there is still time for concerned people to make their voices heard. At the House of Lords, attempts will be made by Peers, of all parties and none, to make amendments.
Labour's lead in opposing this Bill is Newcastle's Lord Jeremy Beecham. Please write to him and others to say what you think.
SHEILA SPENCER, North East Labour Housing Group