Published: 21st Aug 2012

There has been, as was surely the intention, a lot of coverage of the proposals by Policy Exchange to ‘end expensive social tenancies’, which seems to be a clear outrider for government policy to follow in short order. Discussing this report on a New Start blog might be considered the equivalent of shooting fish in a barrel but it is the holiday season so everyone is allowed some fun, although the proposals this report sets out seem unlikely to be fun for quite a number of social tenants. To be fair, the report does advocate more social housing and the benefits of stimulating construction, which shouldn’t be taken as a given from this point on the political spectrum. And the notion that receipts from sales have a part to play in funding new stock is clearly one that has merit and is accepted practice. Sadly, much of what follows is … (To read the full article, subscribe below)