Glenda is literally shocked at the Tory intention, released in their manifesto today, to return to the policy 'Right to Buy' should they win at the election in 23 days.
The policy, introduced by Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s, allows people who live in social housing, to buy their house from the council at a reduced price (according to the rent they have paid over the years living there) as a first step to get on the property ladder. It therefore inevitably means that there will be a further reduction in existing social housing, and will only deepen the current housing crisis this nation is in.
Another terrible thing about the scheme is that tenants often have no idea of the massive bills they could be lumped with when the council carries out works on the building, over which they have no control.
At the moment, council house tenants in England can buy their home at a discount of up to £103,900.
Under current rules, about 800,000 housing association tenants have a "right to acquire" their homes under smaller discounts, but the Conservatives would offer those people the same reductions as for those in local authority homes.
And they would extend the scheme to those who currently have no purchase rights at all, estimated to be about 500,000 people.
Glenda said, "It is scandalous that the Tories are dredging up ghosts from the past, especially as we are still suffering the ramifications from the last time the Tories brought this in under Thatcher. We are in the midst of a tremendous housing crisis with families waiting on the housing list for years and years, and they are stupid enough to bring in this policy which will only make it worse! As ever, the Conservatives don't care about the most vulnerable in society. This is the single most ridiculous thing they could do at this time".
Glenda is literally shocked at the Tory intention, released in their manifesto today, to return to the policy 'Right to Buy' should they win at the election in 23 days....
The Labour Party manifesto, released today, shows that the greatest national resource this country has is its people.
The manifesto, an 84 page document, promises many things should Labour win, but the highlights are:
Raising the minimum wage to more than £8 by October 2019.
Protecting tax credits in the next parliament, to back working families.
Introducing guaranteed wrap-around childcare through primary schools, underpinned by a new National Primary Childcare Service.
Supporting the squeezed middle by pledging not to raise income tax, National Insurance or VAT.
Freezing rail fares in the first year of a Labour Government while we reform the railways.
- This builds on wider polices to:
Reward hard work – banning exploitative zero hour contracts, freezing energy bills and backing small businesses.
Share prosperity – by guaranteeing apprenticeships, cutting tuition fees, getting homes built, and devolving powers to every part of Britain.
Build a better Britain – ensuring the NHS has time to care, opening up our politics, and being a confident outward looking nation once again.
Glenda said "The way to improve this country is to realise that we are all mutually dependent, and that by supporting people from every walk of life we will make this already great country even greater".
The Labour Party manifesto, released today, shows that the greatest national resource this country has is its people. The manifesto, an 84 page document, promises many things should Labour...
As of today Parliament has now entered into dissolution! This means there are no longer any MPs and the election campaign has officially begun.
We have been busy today making preparations and tomorrow we will move into our new office. Please note our new contact details:
Great Russell Street
020 7467 1212
You can find out more about the full impact of the Election 2015 here.
Although Glenda is no longer the MP for Hampstead and Kilburn she can continue doing constituency casework until the election on May 7th 2015, and she will forward on replies to representations she has made to councils or departments of the Government on behalf of her constituents. She can also take on fresh casework on your behalf. If you would like us to make representations your behalf please contact us.
After the election, from 8th May 2015 onwards, Glenda will wind up her office and can hand on any active cases to the next MP for Hampstead and Kilburn with your permission. Please note we MUST receive your completed permission form before 8th May 2015 as after the election we can only keep constituents information for 3 days unless we have their permission. Any cases we have not received permission to transfer across will be destroyed on 11th May 2015.
Please download a permission form here.
As of today Parliament has now entered into dissolution! This means there are no longer any MPs and the election campaign has officially begun. We have been busy today making...