GOVERNMENT TELLS COUNCILS TO USE POWERS TO SEIZE EMPTY HOMES
The Birmingham Mail, 17th March 2009 carries the story “FURY OF BECKETT HOME PLAN SNATCH”
Referring to Margaret Beckett’s (MP, Housing Minister) plans to force Councils to seize homes empty for 6 months or more and let the Council manage them.
This would see some of the 72,000+ currently empty homes being used to house people from waiting lists or off the streets. A PROPOSAL JUSTICE NOT CRISIS WELCOME AND FULLY SUPPORT.
The Conservative party have slammed the idea, stating that many homes are empty due to bereavement or whilst people wait for the housing market to improve so they can sell at higher prices.
No surprise there then whilst people sleep on the streets or in overcrowded conditions the Conservatives worry how much profit people will lose.
Not only are they callous but they don’t understand the policy (They are Conservatives tho) it will not give councils the ownership of the homes just the right to manage them and use them for people who need them. Homes for the Homeless! not something the Conservatives believe in apparently.
Warwickshire County Cricket Club take note 3 of your properties that we are currently squatting have been empty for 9 years.