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Cameron pledges to demolish the UK’s worst housing estates

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It is hard to believe the government has any intention to improve public housing. Once again Cameron is reciting the mantra that buildings are the cause of poverty, deprivation and alienation. This after scrapping the obligation on developers to provide affordable housing and removing security of tenure from the minority still clinging onto council housing in London. This will be revealed as another camouflage for evictions and land-grabs, exacerbating insecurity, social divisions and inequality. There is a need for the decent maintenance of public housing, neglected for 40 years when built to last for a min. of 60. The inequity of 20% vat levied on maintenance & upgrades is a huge incentive for site clearance, when new-built is vat free. This needs to be corrected before any real value-for-money assessment of retention versus replacement can me made.

Posted date

11 January, 2016

Posted time

12:29 pm

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