Demand For Council Houses

Started by: TerryW (6276)

Unprecedented demand’ for housing with hundreds of bids on some council homes. Wigan council is facing ‘unprecedented demand’ for social housing with hundreds of bids for homes and the waiting list growing 69 per cent in two years.

The local authority has received 2,450 homeless application since April 2020 with 424 people in ‘urgent need’ of accommodation still waiting to be housed.

As of last week, there were 9,654 households on Wigan council’s waiting list.


See what the Right To Buy has done. Social housing was for those working class people who couldn't afford to buy their own home.

Right To Buy

Started: 2nd Feb 2021 at 10:55

Posted by: frecky (228)

Right to buy was disgusting.....should never have happened.

Replied: 2nd Feb 2021 at 11:39

Posted by: TerryW (6276)

It's them socialists who went on strike for better pay so they could buy their houses thinking it would make them middle class and better than the milkman.

Replied: 2nd Feb 2021 at 11:48

Posted by: basil brush (16648)

Should get rid of the illegal immigrants

Replied: 2nd Feb 2021 at 12:31

Posted by: PeterP (8662)

You should only be able to buy after 10 years not 3 yrs and for every house that is sold a new house should have been built

Replied: 2nd Feb 2021 at 13:06

Posted by: TerryW (6276)

The other problem was that girls not long out of school were getting pregnant with the sole intention of getting social housing. This is one of the reason we have troubled council estates like Norley etc, kids having kids, getting a house or flat then its parties and drugs .

Replied: 2nd Feb 2021 at 13:20

Posted by: basil brush (16648)

I think you would know more about it, than me.

Replied: 2nd Feb 2021 at 13:39

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (7417)


Replied: 2nd Feb 2021 at 14:35

Posted by: GOLDEN BEAR (3785) 

What do you expect when our illustrious leader is OPENING THE DOOR TO AROUND 3 MILLION EXTRA PEOPLE FROM HONK KONG !!!!! IT does not take a mathematician to do the sums right .. besides all the other dead beats coming ashore from the channel .

Replied: 2nd Feb 2021 at 15:01

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (7417)

Well the latest is that China won't let the British Overseas Passport holders leave Hong Kong.

If those folk doo get over here, they will need to have a few bob in the bank, to which I cannot see them wanting to live in a council flat on Worsley Mesnes

Replied: 2nd Feb 2021 at 15:49

Posted by: tonker (23783) 

There's a lot of frauding gone on through the 2Right to Buy" scheme. I'm sure Maggie didn't intend that to happen!

Tenants of council properties, who have always had their rent paid by the council via. housing benefits, shouldn't be allowed to buy!

Replied: 2nd Feb 2021 at 16:01

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (7417)

A really stupid idea, and a purely political one too, to gain votes from traditional Labour voters.

That is one of the reasons I am not a Tory.

Replied: 2nd Feb 2021 at 16:15

Posted by: basil brush (16648)



Replied: 2nd Feb 2021 at 18:32

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (7417)

Because yoo can't help it, because it is part of your nature, yoo are like the Scorpion in a well known fable, which shows that nasty people cannot change ....

A scorpion, which cannot swim, asks a frog to carry it across a river on the frog's back. The frog hesitates, afraid of being stung by the scorpion, but the scorpion argues that if it did that, they would both drown. The frog considers this argument sensible and agrees to transport the scorpion. Midway across the river, the scorpion stings the frog anyway, dooming them both. The dying frog asks the scorpion why it stung despite knowing the consequence, to which the scorpion replies: "I couldn't help it. It's in my nature"

Replied: 2nd Feb 2021 at 19:00

Posted by: basil brush (16648)

What have I said, or done, that's nasty?

Replied: 2nd Feb 2021 at 19:24

Posted by: basil brush (16648)

When your ready Tommy

Replied: 2nd Feb 2021 at 20:16

Posted by: tonker (23783) 

When You're Ready ...... Tommy!

Replied: 2nd Feb 2021 at 21:42

Posted by: frecky (228)

I was working in the Housing dept. when RTB was introduced.....we had a steady stream of applications and an upsurge of reported repairs to these properties. They thought they could get everything done before it was bought.....big mistake... as soon as it went on RTB we were only responsible to make safe and to make sure heating and hot water was provided.....Tonker said it could be fraudulent, and what was found was the children of the elderly tenants was getting them to apply and would then pay the mortgage, so when they died they had a cheap house, because of the massive discount...The biggest problem was all the best properties were bought and over a period of time the council was left with mostly let's say undesirables....Labour ( Kinnock ) used every chance he could to denigrate Thatcher over the RTB yet when they got into power nothing happened and it's still in force today...We used to see tenants that had bought their house become unemployed and eventually getting evicted then coming back to the council to be rehoused which we had to do if they had a child under sixteen........Rant over...sorry.

Replied: 3rd Feb 2021 at 11:36

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (7417)

Well said frecky

Replied: 3rd Feb 2021 at 12:12

Posted by: gaffer (6758) 

In 1976 the UK was forced to seek a bailout from the International Monetary Fund because of a financial crisis. At the time it was the largest ever IMF loan.
A subsequent American authored book titled ‘The day Great Britain died’ chronicled the crisis. It noted that the senior ranks of the Civil Service believed that the UK was in an irreversible decline.
The IMF loan carried conditions, one of which was the need to pay down accumulated debt from the building of social housing. This would eventually lead to the Right to buy legislation.
History may well look back on those early buyers as doing the country a favour.

Replied: 3rd Feb 2021 at 12:56

Posted by: tonker (23783) 

Gaffer, to discover why social housing causes financial crisis, you also have to factor in the number of tenants who are claiming housing benefits.
The houses are built, then tenants occupy them and the council has to pay the rent for them. They are then a running liability for the government, as they are responsible for funding repair and maintenance costs as well.
Housing benefit alone cost the government £25 billion in 2016, it's now dropped to £19 billion.
I reckon it's going to increase again after this covid fiasco.

Replied: 3rd Feb 2021 at 14:46

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (7417)

And how much money does it cost the government to fund Housing Benefit for Private Rented Accommodation

Replied: 3rd Feb 2021 at 14:55

Posted by: broady (17028) 

On the plus side it has given a lot of people a tangible asset to leave to their children. Something they would probably never had done.

Replied: 3rd Feb 2021 at 14:59

Posted by: basil brush (16648)

Posted by: basil brush (15922)

What have I said or done, that's nasty?

any proof, TTS?

Replied: 4th Feb 2021 at 10:58

Posted by: TerryW (6276)

Irresponsible council tenants who wreck their homes also put a heavy burden on councils. You see many houses with metal shutters on doors and windows after the tenants have been removed all of which I would say are claiming housing benefits, they know no other way of life.

Replied: 4th Feb 2021 at 13:13


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