One consequence of the recent general election result is that the Conservatives manifesto promise of a 'Right to Buy' for Housing Association tenants may now be implemented as a law.
Effectively, the proposal is that the government should be given the power to take housing away from independent charitable organisations, and give it at a discount to people who already have a secure home. This will make it much harder for those organisations house people who are homeless.
For us, the big question is will it affect Community Land Trusts? We simply don't know. There is a presumption that only recipients of government grant will be affected - but which grants? We have had CLT start up grant, which came from public funds in the first place.
Even if we aren't affected, it will create a surge in housing need that we can't handle. Housing Associations must be allowed to opt out of this policy if they think it would damage their ability to help homeless people.
Please write to your MP - here are template letters for the Somerset MPs.
Letter to Rebecca Pow (Taunton)
Letter to Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater)
Letter to Marcus Fysh (Yeovil)
Letter to James Heappey (Wells)
Letter to David Warburton (Somerton and Frome)
Thanks to the National CLT Network for their work on these templates.