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We need housing for those who can't afford sheltered housing any more

PUBLISHED: 20:24 18 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:12 05 October 2010

Dear Editor, ANYONE living in Tower Hamlets council sheltered housing which was taken over in 2005 by Bethnal Green House & Victoria Park Housing, under New Labour s Housing Choice reorganisation, now faces being chucked on the streets

Dear Editor,

ANYONE living in Tower Hamlets council sheltered housing which was taken over in 2005 by Bethnal Green House and Victoria Park Housing, under New Labour's Housing Choice reorganisation, now faces being chucked on the streets.

The tenants can't afford the inflation-busting rent increases, or the extra £100 a month utility bill charges.

Should the tenants now be given the choice to come back into council ownership now that Bethnal Green Housing has reneged on promises made to them before the Housing Choice transfer?

I wonder what the Labour councillors who sit on the boards of housing associations are doing there.

They are certainly not looking after the interests of residents.

We were promised they would be there to make sure nothing went wrong.

I wonder if the council should build new sheltered housing for those who cannot afford housing association rents.

Dennis Flood

Wright-road, Bow


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