The TCPA is particularly pleased to see the prospect of additional resources being made available for housing and the possibility of further tax reform to assist repair and renovation of privately rented accommodation, some of which is in very poor condition.
Commenting on the transfer of council housing to housing associations and other providers, Graeme Bell, director of the TCPA said: 'For some years local authorities have been working in partnership with housing associations, the better to manage the housing stock. Greater encouragement for such partnerships, backed by access to additional resources, must be a good thing for cash-strapped councils.'
Bell continued: 'The proposal to offer soft loans to key workers, such as nurses and teachers, is welcomed. However, unless there are clear guidelines, local authorities will need to exercise the judgement of Solomon in deciding who should benefit. Further, there are many low-paid workers who will feel that they should also qualify. Some of these people may have worked in the public sector, before their jobs were moved into private companies.'