Basildon Council have supported David Cameron’s recent proposal to allocate council housing for a fixed-term period rather than ‘for life’. The council propose to introduce twelve month, two year and flexible tenancy agreements.
Currently, most tenancies are for a five to twenty period, however the council believe that fixed-term deals would result in a more fairer and flexible system. Council house residents would have the opportunity to move and find work if their circumstances changed. Likewise, if a house is too small or oversized, the council will have the power to move the family to more suitable accommodation.
The council are intending to accommodate working families and warned they would remove unruly residents. Under the new system tenants will be reassessed after two years to see if their circumstances have improved.
The council hope to implement the new system by the end of 2012 in order to reduce the five-thousand waiting occupants on the list.
A housing working group meeting discussing the issue will take place on Tuesday 11 September at 7:30pm at the Basildon Council offices, St.Martin’s Square.