CABINET MEMBER FOR HOUSING MISLEADS ONCE AGAIN
Cllr Lines, Conservative Cabinet member Housing, continues his now regular habit of only reporting half the story! Today’s (3rd September 2008) Birmingham Mail quotes him as saying ” We work very closely with Housing Associations, to provide good quality homes for the people of Birmingham”
The Chair of Birmingham Social Housing Partnership Tim Sewell also quotes “We are working closely with the City Council and the Housing Corporation to provide affordable housing”
We entirely agree with both the above comments they are acurate. What the quotes don’t say is that the City Council Housing department under the leadership of John Lines is not selling land to housing associations at an affordable rate to allow Housing associations to build socially rented homes.
Homes built for shared ownership are not “affordable” if you are on benefits and can’t raise a mortgage to buy a share opf your own home !! What is desperately needed are socially rented homes for the vast majority of the 30,000 people on the councils waiting list.
We accept that there are some developments in Birmingham, Cllr Lines, Ley Hill in Northfield, Whychall Park in Kings Norton, Attwood Green in Central Birmingham that have seen social housing for rent built by Housing associations in partnership with the City Council.
These developments were started several years ago ! Apart from some social homes in retirement villages there have been no new developments for social housing in the last 2 years.