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Welcome to the learning4housing blog. I will be posting my thoughts and opinions on a range of issues facing the social housing sector. You are more than welcome to post your comments, whether you agree or disagree on the points. The aim here is to stimulate some debate on these issues, whether they are about current government policy or about best practice in housing management or strategy.

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Thursday, October 21

The Spending Review...cont...

The rumours of a 50 percent reduction in the budget for new social housing building were unfounded after all. In actual fact, the figure is 60 percent!! This really does show the level of priority that the government has for the housing needs of vulnerable people. This cut, coupled with the so-called 'affordable rent' option for housing associations, which could mean rents being increased from around £80 per week to £250 per week; the reduction in security of tenure for new tenants; and the cuts in housing benefit; do not suggest to me that these are either fair or progressive. These cuts will hit those in need of a decent home but do not have the resources to finance it.

Here is Grant Shapps' letter which explains the impact of the spending review on housing policy.

I wonder what the wider reaction is to these measures - a new poll has been opened on this blog for you to vote. Or even better, post your comments below.

David Wardle

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