Selby residents asked for views on council house system

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RESIDENTS of a North Yorkshire district are being asked to say whether or not they think its council housing system is fair.

Selby District Council is holding several meetings to look at possible changes to how tenancies are managed and assess how fair its lettings policies are.

The proposed changes could see shorter, rather than lifetime, tenancies for residents. Most people in need of a council house would be offered a five-year contract.

At the end of the contract the residents’ circumstances would be reviewed to decide whether or not they should move to another house.

For example, if a family had another child during the contract, at the end of the five years they may be offered a larger house to make room for another family to live in their property.

Coun Gillian Ivey, the deputy leader of the council, said: “We need to hear what people think about these important changes to our tenancy policy.

“There is always a high demand for social housing and we want to make sure that we manage our housing stock in the right way to meet the needs of those on the waiting list.”

Any changes would come into effect next summer. The council said people currently in long-term contracts would not be affected.

List of meetings:

• January 14: 6.30pm Tadcaster and Villages Community Engagement Forum (CEF), Riley Smith Hall, Tadcaster

• March 5: 6.30pm Western Area CEF, Eversley Park Centre, Sherburn-in-Elmet

• March 6: 6.30pm Central Area CEF, Brayton Junior School, Brayton

• March 13: 6.30pm Eastern Area CEF, Village Hall, North Duffield

• March 14: 6.30pm Southern Area CEF, Drax Sports and Social Club.

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7:10pm Sat 29 Dec 12

baldiebiker says...

It wasn't very fair getting one in the 70s, you had no chance unless you had a couple of kids and had lived at tin town for two years, I had to buy my own house, by 84 I had paid the mortgage off, think I've saved a bit in the last 28 years.
It wasn't very fair getting one in the 70s, you had no chance unless you had a couple of kids and had lived at tin town for two years, I had to buy my own house, by 84 I had paid the mortgage off, think I've saved a bit in the last 28 years. baldiebiker
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3:39pm Sun 30 Dec 12

BigDog-LittleDog says...

More interestingly, what happens after 5 years if the number of occupants decreases? Will they be kicked out? They should be.

My opinion is that council houses are a joke. They exist as a choice for most users, rather than those in genuine need. I have no objection to helping those in need, but once that need has ended and people are back on their feet, why is my tax funding someone who simply doesn't want to pay market rates?
More interestingly, what happens after 5 years if the number of occupants decreases? Will they be kicked out? They should be. My opinion is that council houses are a joke. They exist as a choice for most users, rather than those in genuine need. I have no objection to helping those in need, but once that need has ended and people are back on their feet, why is my tax funding someone who simply doesn't want to pay market rates? BigDog-LittleDog
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4:06am Mon 31 Dec 12

Gyspsy Power says...

Simple. Take Smack, Have loads of kids.Be on benefits. Get a house. Work and be decent, No chance at all. Until that changes I arent interested in these paper exercises
Simple. Take Smack, Have loads of kids.Be on benefits. Get a house. Work and be decent, No chance at all. Until that changes I arent interested in these paper exercises Gyspsy Power
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7:06am Mon 31 Dec 12

Davroshasissues says...

I'm with you on that one Gyspsy Power, i've had to work ruddy hard to get the house i'm in now, 4 years of saving for a deposit, buying what i can with the budget i had, and working even harder to get the big family home i have now. People ask me how i did it, simple, work hard, save, don't buy stuff you don't need nor can afford. Don't have credit cards, i've never had one in my life...Anyone can do it, i come from a family that had nothing, and worked my **** off to ensure i don't end up in the same situation.

And this is not slagging anyone off who is in council accomodation, far from it, my mum still does, and it's a great scheme, but being given a council property does not give anyone the right not to work, we all have to pay our dues, do our bit for society, and trust me, nothing feels better than earning your own money and paying your own way in life.

There are plenty of people out there in genuine need, who require a roof over their head, these situations i agree with. But the council need to have a good look at who they are housing, and change the system to ensure the most needy are being prioritised.
I'm with you on that one Gyspsy Power, i've had to work ruddy hard to get the house i'm in now, 4 years of saving for a deposit, buying what i can with the budget i had, and working even harder to get the big family home i have now. People ask me how i did it, simple, work hard, save, don't buy stuff you don't need nor can afford. Don't have credit cards, i've never had one in my life...Anyone can do it, i come from a family that had nothing, and worked my **** off to ensure i don't end up in the same situation. And this is not slagging anyone off who is in council accomodation, far from it, my mum still does, and it's a great scheme, but being given a council property does not give anyone the right not to work, we all have to pay our dues, do our bit for society, and trust me, nothing feels better than earning your own money and paying your own way in life. There are plenty of people out there in genuine need, who require a roof over their head, these situations i agree with. But the council need to have a good look at who they are housing, and change the system to ensure the most needy are being prioritised. Davroshasissues
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8:39am Mon 31 Dec 12

tangwaynehall says...

It costs tax payers a lot more paying unemployed & low paid housing benefit to private rip off landlords. maybe time to clamp down and cap rents in line with local ave wages
It costs tax payers a lot more paying unemployed & low paid housing benefit to private rip off landlords. maybe time to clamp down and cap rents in line with local ave wages tangwaynehall
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9:03am Wed 2 Jan 13

goodfellow says...

Council rents are market rents the council tenants pay for all repairs to ‘the council property’ no money is taken from those in private accommodation , final thought, as the council is cutting more staff who is going to undertake the reviews, final final thought where are all the houses with the right number of bedrooms?
Council rents are market rents the council tenants pay for all repairs to ‘the council property’ no money is taken from those in private accommodation , final thought, as the council is cutting more staff who is going to undertake the reviews, final final thought where are all the houses with the right number of bedrooms? goodfellow
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