Housing and Planning Bill could hit the elderly and disabled hardest

By 3rd March 2016TrustATrader Blog

The government’s proposed Housing and Planning bill is intended to force councils to sell high-value social housing which could significantly affect the elderly and disabled through the selling off of bungalows, a report by The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has warned.

Bungalows are generally most popular with the elderly and disabled people, and the plans could lead to over 15,000 council-owned bungalows being sold off by 2021, the report stated.

The government responded by saying that councils would be allowed to decide not to sell any property which meets “a particular need” or would be difficult to replace.

The bill will go before the House of Lords later.

The government say it will help more people to become home owners.

If the bill is passed, local councils will be compelled to sell expensive properties as they become vacant, helping to “ensure that the money locked up in high value vacant housing stock will be reinvested in building new homes”.

What would count as a high value property is likely to vary in different regions, according to the bill.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation called on the government to make bungalows and sheltered housing exempt from the initiative, as these are in high demand.

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