Government reply to my concerns about the need for more social housing in Kettering

By Mick Scrimshaw on March 21, 2017

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Our MP has just forwarded on the response he got from the Housing Minister following my letter to him, although unfortunately he has given me no indication of his own views. The housing bill does includes some encouraging signs about wider aspects of national housing provision, but I am still concerned that even more needs to be done to build more genuinely affordable homes for rent to reduce homelessness and tackle the housing waiting list.

For this to happen, councils desperately need the powers to access funding to resume their historic role as a major builder of affordable homes, such as being able to borrow to invest in housing, and to keep 100 per cent of the receipts from properties sold through Right-to-Buy to replace homes and reinvest in the sort of new homes desperately needed in Kettering.

The letter is on the left, click it to enlarge it.

Mick Scrimshaw is the Leader of the Labour Group at Kettering Borough Council, the Shadow Cabinet Member for Finance at Northamptonshire County Council. He has a public record of standing up for Kettering as a County Councillor for the Northall division in Kettering, Northants and since May 2015, a Borough Councillor for the William Knibb ward. He is a keen cyclist and also runs a family business with his wife.

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