Overnight the press have reported that the National Housing Federation, which represents Housing Associations, has cut a grubby back room deal with the government on forced council house sales.
The government wants to extend the right to buy to housing association tenants and then to force councils to sell council homes to the highest bidder to cover the cost. This plan will see Lambeth sell over 120 homes a year, denying hundreds of our residents the chance of a secure family home in the borough.
The plans were due to come to Parliament for debate this Autumn, but Housing Associations are being asked to sign up to a deal that would effectively bypass this and deny our Parliament the chance to block this deeply regressive change.
Lambeth wants to tackle the housing crisis with our plan for 1,000 extra homes for council rent; the NHF's deal with the government will make the crisis worse. I've written to David Orr, head of the NHF and all the Housing Associations in Lambeth to oppose their plans and to ask that they think again.
Cllr Matthew Bennett
Cabinet Member for Housing