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Council Housing.

Posted by: Red Deathy ( Socialist Party, UK ) on August 20, 1999 at 22:22:11:

In Reply to: reserved housing posted by Gee on August 20, 1999 at 17:21:00:

: Aha! I was thinking more of Reserved housing, like zoning for the poor. I think there must be local government houses and housing associations whose accomodation is reserved to low income families. If those houses were released into the free market then other houses would come down in price as supply increased.

Thats council housing, and at the moment theres a capital spending freeze on Councils, imposed by central Government- tehres millions of reciepts from teh enforced sale of council houses in teh eighties (seriously depleteing stock). Accomodation in council housing isn't rreserved, anyone can have a council house if they want one- but often tehres a waiting list. Council houses are paid for normally, eitehr from wages or from housing benefit.

: I wonder whether poeple renting private housing realise than they pay twice for the existence of reserved housing. Once in taxes to supplement them, and again in being forced to compete in a market of artificially restricted supply for their own accomodation.

I'll put it this way- there are people living on teh streets, and houses empty in Lancaster.
: I wonder, of those that do realise it, whether they mind.

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