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NHF Chief to Head Tenant Mobility Team

Magazine article Public Finance

NHF Chief to Head Tenant Mobility Team

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The leader of England's housing associations is to chair a Conservative Party task force that will study ways of increasing mobility in social housing.

David Orr has agreed to head the task force announced this week by shadow housing minister Grant Shapps, despite vehemently opposing Conservative plans to give tenants a 'right to move' home and live in alternative parts of the country.

Speaking on November 9 at the National Housing Federation's London headquarters, Shapps said a Conservative government would set up a national houseswap scheme for council and housing association tenants. Depending on the success of a pilot, tenants could demand that a landlord sells their home and uses the proceeds to buy a property elsewhere.

When 'right to move' was first announced in a Tory policy paper in April, the NHF's chief executive branded it 'poorly thoughtout, unworkable and a recipe for confusion'. He warned it could lead to associations with properties 'dotted all over the country\ But following this week's announcement, Orr said the task force would examine ideas to increase mobility. …

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