One of Labour’s most senior MPs has warned David Cameron is plotting to destroy social housing forever with his cruel attack on council tenants.
Clive Betts , chair of the Commons communities and local government committee, said the PM’s plan to axe lifelong tenancies in council houses will destroy working-class communities and create uncertainty for millions of families.
Mr Betts said: “What we are seeing is the beginning of the end of social housing.”
Labour will on Tuesday make a last ditch bid to block the Tory plan when it is debated in the House of Commons for the first time.
Under Mr Cameron’s proposals, all new council tenants will be reassessed every two to five years and could face eviction if their circumstances have changed.
Mr Betts said: “This is not just an attack on people’s homes. It actually undermines the ideas of neighbourhoods and communities where people put down roots.
“And it upsets family life. If you have to move home, your children have to move school. It is not good for anybody.”
The plan was not included in the Tory manifesto but slipped into the Housing and Planning Bill without warning last month as it made its way through Parliament.
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