Ensure those in need get these council homes
MORE than 3,200 people are waiting for a council house in the Stroud district but there are tenants out there with second homes and a big lottery win.
What an absurd situation. Yet Stroud District Council appears powerless to do anything about it.
A tenant with "a large, significant sum" tucked away in their bank account, and a couple with two homes – one of them abroad – are enjoying low-rent properties while others, who clearly need a roof over their heads, live in hope of one day getting a council house.
Admittedly, cases like these, which the housing advisory panel heard about, are rare, but they do highlight the need for more affordable and rented housing in the district.
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When, Stroud Life one month ago revealed that a staggering 275 people were after one council house in Minchinhampton, the extent of the housing needs crisis was plain to see.
Yet while the council has the power to kick out anti-social tenants, there appears to be nothing in law that empowers councils to move on tenants who clearly don't need a council house because of their wealth.
Councillors are reviewing their council homes policy and Stroud Life hopes they have the courage to grasp the nettle and stop the 'lifetime' tenancy and keep its homes for people who really need them.
CONGRATULATIONS to all who ran the Stroud Half Marathon.
Stroud Life was privileged to cover the event which was well organised, well supported, and saw some great results from local runners.