Sunday, 4 August 2013

Law changes proposed to stop high earners living in council homes

The Government is to announce new rules aimed at stopping the country’s richest people living in state-subsidised homes. Ministers are to change the law so people with an income of more than £60,000 a year will either have to leave council or housing association homes or else pay the full market rent. The move follows government research which found that up to 21,000 tenants living in council flats and houses earned more than £60,000 a year. Of those, as many as 5,000 earned more than £100,000 a year. Proposed changes to the law would allow tenants’ incomes to be assessed every year and let councils charge market rents to high earners. Under current rules, tenants’ incomes are not examined after they move in and they can stay in properties for life. “For far too long high-income tenants have been able to occupy homes designed to help our most vulnerable while continuing to pay rents subsidised by the taxpayer,” comments Mark Prisk, the Housing Minister. The Sunday Times, Page: 13

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