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'Don't Forget Buyers' in Rush for Rental

Magazine article Public Finance

'Don't Forget Buyers' in Rush for Rental

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Campaigners for better council housing should not stand in the way of families who wish to own their own home, a leading trade unionist has warned.

Jack Dromey, deputy general secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union, said local authorities and trade unions should recognise the attraction of home ownership while continuing to support tenants who prefer to rent.

'To be a champion of council housing is not to be an enemy of young men and women who want to buy their home,' he told Defend Council Housing's annual conference in London on July 12.

Speaking 24 hours after Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced a significant increase in house building during the next decade, Dromey added that councils must recognise mistakes made in the past.

'Not all council housing has been good council housing. There have been too many nightmare estates that were badly planned with poor facilities,' he added. 'We should be able to walk down the streets in our towns and cities and not be able to tell which homes are council and which are private.'

Earlier Labour MP Austin Mitchell said he had never felt more optimistic about DCH achieving its aim of direct investment in council housing. …

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