Cameron threatens lifetime tenancies
David Cameron has suggested the Conservative-led government could do away with lifetime tenancies, contradicting promises made before the election.
In a question and answer session with members of the public in Birmingham, the prime minister said it makes sense to look at a more ‘flexible system’ of tenure.
In the run up to the general election Mr Cameron came under attack from then housing minister John Healey, who accused the Conservatives of wanting to end secure tenancies.
At the time, Mr Cameron said the allegations were ‘simply untrue’ and a spokesperson for the Conservatives said the party had ‘no policy to change the current or future security of tenure of tenants in social housing’.
But today he said: ‘There is a question mark about whether, in future, we should be asking when you are given a council home is it for a fixed period? Because maybe in five or 10 years you will be doing a different job and be better paid and you won’t need that home, you will be able to go into the private sector.’
He said the question ‘will lead to quite a bit argument’ and that he was ‘not talking about existing tenants’ but that for future tenants it could be asked whether there would be more social mobility if people moved through social housing, rather than regarding it as something they get for life.
David Cameron takes questions from the public: the council housing question is 27 minutes into the clip.