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PM Lets Cat Out of the Bag on Housing



David Cameron’s unguarded comments about housing reveal the truth behind Tory/Lib Dem housing proposals, Dawn Primarolo warned today.  The Prime Minister told a member of the public that the Government were looking at moving away from secure tenancies to fixed term deals where tenants could be forced out of their homes.

The proposal did not appear in either the Conservative or Lib Dem election manifesto or the coalition agreement.  Indeed, the Conservative manifesto explicitly states that they would respect secure tenancies.    

Commenting, Labour MP for Bristol South Dawn Primarolo, said:

“Residents in Bristol South will be worried but sadly not surprised by the Prime Minister’s comments. During the election campaign, I spoke to many council tenants who were concerned that their homes might be at risk.  When Labour MPs, including myself, warned tenants about the risk to secure tenancies, we were accused of ‘scare-mongering.’

"If secure tenancies for new tenants go, how long will it be before the Tories and Lib Dems try to force current tenants out of their homes or hike up rents to unaffordable levels?    The Prime Minister’s statement shows that the Government’s pre election promises on housing simply can’t be trusted.”


Posted: 4 August 2010

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