It really isn't good enough for Conservative councils like Waverley and Birmingham to object to the proposed new system. Waverley in particular campaigned night and day against the iniquities of the current system and demanded change. If they are opposed to taking on the extra debt, the money would have to come from somewhere, either from a very large increase in council rents or from Government subsidy. They don't say which it should be. So where is Grant Shapps? He doesn't seem to have made a comment so far. He needs to say whether a Tory Government would put up rents or put in extra subsidy - or tell his Tory council colleagues to shut up and join the new system. Either way, he needs to tell tenants what the Tory policy is before the Election, so I hope Inside Housing will be pressing him for an answer. They can't have it all ways. At least John Healey has come up with a credible system which gets rid of the current hated system in an affordable way, with debt apportioned according to ability to pay over 30 year business plans, and achieves real devolution of council housing. Devolution is supposed to be at the heart of Tory policy.
There is a great opportunity to get council housing finance on to a proper footing, and tenants deserve better than a bit of politicking by the Opposition.