Shapps slams officials that block allocations reform
Housing minister Grant Shapps has accused council officials of blocking housing support for members of the armed forces.
Responding to a blog on the Conservative Home website outlining how councils are ignoring government guidance on housing allocations, Mr Shapps said officials are keeping councillors ‘in the dark’.
Freedom of Information Act requests sent by Conservative Home have found 37 councils are actively opposing the government’s allocations guidance or have no plans to change their policies.
In a statement responding to the findings Mr Shapps said: ‘Local residents will be shocked that council officials are covertly opposing housing support for members of the armed forces.
‘Given the backing from across the political spectrum for the military covenant, I strongly suspect that councillors are being kept in the dark by officers who oppose reform.
‘Councillors actively need to ask what their council is doing to help those who have put their lives on the line in service of our country.’
The government released guidance on housing allocations in June which allows councils to reward those who have served in the armed forces, make an effort to get into work or make a community contribution by giving them a higher housing priority.