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Barwell White Paper undermines £270m council homes scheme

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Inside Croydon

BARRATT HOLMES finds that the government’s housing policies include a measure which goes against Treasury advice and may deter local authorities such as Croydon from building

The housing White Paper, introduced yesterday by Croydon Central Tory MP Gavin Barwell, could undermine Croydon Council’s £270million scheme to build 1,000 homes through a private company, as the government’s plans include an insistence that the properties be subjected to Right-to-Buy rules, just like council houses have been for the past four decades.

brick-by-brick-logoThe government’s move could force Croydon Council to flog off any rented properties at vast discounts, at considerable cost to local Council Tax-payers and probably deterring the local authority from further attempts to increase borough’s housing stock for some time to come – exactly what Barwell was telling the world the White Paper was supposed to address.

The “brains trust” which runs Croydon Council, headed by “professional regeneration practitioner” Jo Negrini…

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