Laura Sharman 15 April 2015

Private landlords receive £9.3bn housing benefits a year, finds research

Private landlords receive £9.3bn housing benefits a year, finds research image

Private landlords received £9.3bn last year in housing benefit, according to new research from GMB.

The analysis, published as the Conservatives announced they would extend right to buy to housing association properties, reveals that 38% of private rented accommodation is paid in part or full by taxpayers.

A GMB investigation in Wandsworth found that of the 15,874 dwellings sold under right to buy, 6,180 are now owned by private landlords who rent them to private tenants.

Paul Kenny, GMB general secretary, said: ‘A GMB investigation in Wandsworth laid bare the harsh reality of the exploitation of our social housing stock. Exactly the same will happen now that the Tories have opened to door to buy to let landlords on housing association properties.’

GMB said the policy had become a charter for the ‘exploitation' of social housing stock for private profit.

‘While tens of thousands of ordinary London families are unable to find council house to rent rich farmers and the elite are scooping them up by the tractor load. The “right to buy" has turned into a rich harvest for greedy farmers,’ Mr Kenny added.

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Senior Accountant x2

Islington London Borough Council
£39,462 - £45,594 per annum
There are two roles currently being advertised, one working with our Resources finance team, and one with our Housing and Public Health finance team. Islington, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Islington London Borough Council

Programme Director – Fisheries

Falkland Islands Government
£50,771 up to £56,292
The Programme Director – Fisheries will support the Director of Natural Resources Falkland Islands (FK)
Recuriter: Falkland Islands Government

Principal Engineer/Team Leader Street Works

Bath & North East Somerset Council
£39,880 - £42,821 pa
The Council’s Street Works Team is responsible for managing all aspects of road works and events that take place on our highway network. Keynsham, Bristol
Recuriter: Bath & North East Somerset Council

Social Worker / Advanced Practitioner – Children & Families Service

North Yorkshire County Council
£30,451 - £39,880 per annum pro rata + relocation support
North Yorkshire County Council have a national reputation for excellence. Skipton, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Senior Technician - Asset Management - Highways & Flood Risk

West Berkshire Council
£23,541 to £29,577 per annum (Grade G)
We are currently looking to recruit to two exciting opportunities who will join us and play a role in improving West Berkshire’s highways. Newbury, Berkshire
Recuriter: West Berkshire Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue