Tories plan council house sell-off despite over 20,000 families on waiting list in Tower Hamlets

Hundreds of properties in Tower Hamlets could be sold off under government plans to reduce the number of council homes. 

Liberal Democrats have criticised the move as “irresponsible” and said it would ramp up demand for housing and increase rents.

It comes despite figures from homeless charity Shelter which show there are 20,425 families on the housing waiting list in Tower Hamlets.

The Housing and Planning Bill - debated in the House of Commons on Monday - includes plans to force councils to sell low rent homes in high value areas, as the Conservative Party rolls out its Right to Buy scheme.

Elaine Bagshaw, London Assembly candidate said: “The Tory plans are irresponsible and will mean even less cheap to rent and social homes where we need them most.

Once sold off to the private market, we lose them as affordable homes forever. It means more families on low to middle incomes will struggle to get a decent home.

The Liberal Democrats will fight to defend social housing. The Tories should not be forcing local councils to sell off homes Tower Hamlets needs. Our local Labour council can always find room for luxury flats and pet projects like a new Town Hall - it’s time then found room for decent homes for local families."

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