Tory housing plans unfair to renters,' says borough council leader

Cheltenham Lib Dem leader calls for Tory right to buy rethink


Cheltenham Borough Council leader Steve Jordan has signed a letter outlining his outrage at the Government's attack on social housing.

Councillor Jordan was one of several Lib Dem local government leaders to pen an open letter to the Government published earlier this week.

The letter, which calls for more council houses to be built using new borrowing powers, came after the Conservatives announced they would force local authorities to sell more council houses to fund an extension of right-to-buy into the housing association sector, a move which will reduce the stock of affordable homes to rent.

Councillor Jordan (LD, All Saints) said: "Forcing councils to get rid of much-needed affordable housing will further reduce the number of homes available for people who need them.

"This policy is unfair to the thousands of people in Cheltenham who are waiting for an affordable home for rent, as well as those in the town's private accommodation who will feel the knock on effect through higher rents.

"It's time for the Tories to reconsider this ill-judged and short-termist policy."

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