Grantham Journal columnist: Alison Robson

Alison Robson.
Alison Robson.
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I was pleased to read that SKDC will be building new council houses in the next few years.

The ‘right to buy’ scheme seems to have really depleted the stock of houses available to people in need, so it is well over due.

I am of the opinion that council and social housing should really be for society’s most vulnerable. This includes the disabled, families on low incomes and those at risk of homelessness.

I’ve been reading other residents’ comments on this new development, however I feel that people are unrealistic in their expectations.

Some people have suggested that the money could be better spent paying private landlords. In my opinion, private landlords should really be a last resort for vulnerable people or people on low incomes.

For private landlords, their main aim is to make money from their investment, not provide good quality housing to people or at an affordable price. It is a business.

It seems the rental market has really picked up in recent years because people cannot afford to buy a house.

Private landlords will rarely struggle to find a tenant at the price they want.

This is the complete opposite to SKDC who want to provide safe and affordable housing to people who may otherwise be in cramped or unsafe accommodation or perhaps even on the streets.

I think people should look at the wider implications for the project and realise how many people it could help in the long term.

It’s certainly a step in the right direction.

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