Housing fear for elderly tenants

NEW rules designed to ease Andover’s chronic shortage of social housing could see old people living on their own forced to leave their large family homes.

Regulations stemming from the Government’s localism agenda mean that from January many new tenants will have far less security than people currently housed by the council.

The new rules coming in mean that fresh five-year tenancies will not be renewed where there has been anti social behaviour, where household income is over £60,000, where a significant adaptation to the home is no longer required or, most controversially, where under-occupation of a property exists by at least two bedrooms.

This could see people being forced to leave what was their family home, including the newly bereaved, to free up the larger properties for families.

The new regulations would also affect those whose children leave home.

Read more in today's paper.

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11:13pm Wed 14 Nov 12

curtis57 says...

OAP couples are being told that they are only entitle to a one bedroom & govt'ment does not care as to whether the couple may be disabled & cannot sleep in same room this is discriminating against the elderly and yet the councils are still offering 2 bedroom properties to couples . Councils need to beware in some cases that some these disabled people may have too have special equipment fitted in one bedroom which means the reason for second room as they cannot sleep in same bed!!! the EU court of human rights are looking to this! so watch this space and this could means big fines for councils / HA's.
OAP couples are being told that they are only entitle to a one bedroom & govt'ment [IDS] does not care as to whether the couple may be disabled & cannot sleep in same room this is discriminating against the elderly and yet the councils are still offering 2 bedroom properties to couples [OAP's]. Councils need to beware in some cases that some these disabled people may have too have special equipment fitted in one bedroom which means the reason for second room as they cannot sleep in same bed!!! the EU court of human rights are looking to this! so watch this space and this could means big fines for councils / HA's. curtis57

9:33am Thu 15 Nov 12

i-speak-the-truth says...

Councils and Housing Associations are only acting on the Social Reform Policy created by the Conservative Party - and the Conservatives couldn't give a toss for OAP's or anyone in a disadvantaged position.

Rather then fining the Councils or Housing Associations, it's a pity the European Court of Human Rights can't demand the Conservative Party should pay all such fines from their own Conservative party funds.

Fining the Councils will mean one thing, us the tax-payers will be again paying for this Conservative Government's continued policies of "screwing the poor and vulnerable".
Councils and Housing Associations are only acting on the Social Reform Policy created by the Conservative Party - and the Conservatives couldn't give a toss for OAP's or anyone in a disadvantaged position. Rather then fining the Councils or Housing Associations, it's a pity the European Court of Human Rights can't demand the Conservative Party should pay all such fines from their own Conservative party funds. Fining the Councils will mean one thing, us the tax-payers will be again paying for this Conservative Government's continued policies of "screwing the poor and vulnerable". i-speak-the-truth

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