Wednesday, 9 January 2013
The secret council houses...
2013 continues to get better and better!..
Just when you thought things really couldn't sink any lower comes the news that council now have so much of their housing stock rented out to foreigners that they are keeping the numbers secret from their electorate.
Local authorities are supressing the number of flats and houses that they are renting to foreign families because they fear a backlash from the electorate who are, quite rightly, concerned at high levels of immigration.
Labour's Frank Field and Conservative Nicholas Soames have joined forces to call for a public enquiry into who exactly benefits from council and housing association social housing. They are concerned that long standing local residents are being pushed down the queue in order to give the homes to immigrants.
Councils in London, where one in five publicly-financed homes are already known to be occupied by foreigners, are among those no longer supplying the figures. Last year ministers acknowledged that a fifth of the nearly 800,000 publicly-owned homes in London are occupied by families and individuals who are citizens of other countries.
Greenwich, Hackney, Lambeth and Newham have al refused to reveal figure even though it is a legal requirement. Ealing and Haringey are claiming - rather fancilfully in my view - that they do not have exact figures because tenants are refusing to divulge their nationality.
I have to ask a simple question : If there is nothing to hide, then why are these authorities and others around the country refusing to divulge the figures?
Could it be because they now full well that they are crapping on the very people who elected them in the first place? Shurely not...