Row erupts over Thurrock housing

Thurrock Gazette: Polly Billington, who is standing for Labour in Thurrock, has backed the council's push to improve private housing - but MP Jackie Doyle-Price said the authority should look at its own stock first Polly Billington, who is standing for Labour in Thurrock, has backed the council's push to improve private housing - but MP Jackie Doyle-Price said the authority should look at its own stock first

A ROW has erupted between Thurrock’s MP and her Labour challenger over the state of council housing in Thurrock.

The spat arose from the council’s introduction of the Well Homes scheme, in which inspectors visit the homes of owner-occupiers and private tenants to ask questions about their homes and health, as part of the council’s plan to raise standards.

However, Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle Price responded that the council should “get its own houses in order” before criticising the private sector, arguing a large percentage of her constituency casework was over complaints from tenants of the borough’s 10,000 council homes.

She said: “In particular we have a number of properties which are badly infected with mould.

“Some of it is due to poor installation of double glazing units which have caused a long term problem for the property.

“Some of it is due to poor contract management and a failure to ensure that works booked by contractors have been properly executed.”

But Labour’s prospective MP Polly Billington responded that of the 7,000 families privately renting in Thurrock, two thirds received housing benefit.

She said: “It is only reasonable that if those landlords get taxpayers cash they deliver value for money and a decent service.”

Council leader John Kent also pitched in, admitting there had been a “real lack of investment” in Thurrock’s council homes, but that this had begun with the Conservative administration in 2004.

Labour has led the council since 2010.

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9:49am Wed 11 Jun 14

ebagumtrebor says...

I'm sorry but if someone owns and occupies a house, what business is it of the council's what state the house is in. If there are people renting a private property, they have the opportunity to inspect the property beforehand and should ensure that it is habitable before they move in. If it isn't then either don't move in or ask the landlord to rectify the problems. Contractually the landlord would be obliged to do this.

Is this just the council poking it's nose in where it shouldn't be again. The Labour party are very keen for everyone to forget that time began before 2010 when it comes to national issues but, when it suits them, they gripe about the Tories time in office at Thurrock.

Perhaps Polly should concentrate on how the nasty Tories are making everyone poor.
I'm sorry but if someone owns and occupies a house, what business is it of the council's what state the house is in. If there are people renting a private property, they have the opportunity to inspect the property beforehand and should ensure that it is habitable before they move in. If it isn't then either don't move in or ask the landlord to rectify the problems. Contractually the landlord would be obliged to do this. Is this just the council poking it's nose in where it shouldn't be again. The Labour party are very keen for everyone to forget that time began before 2010 when it comes to national issues but, when it suits them, they gripe about the Tories time in office at Thurrock. Perhaps Polly should concentrate on how the nasty Tories are making everyone poor. ebagumtrebor
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12:54am Thu 12 Jun 14

d_2da_ougle says...

personally i dont normally disagree with your vews mr ebagum however on this i feel your worng a lot od rogue land lords out there who also are crap at fixing things after the tennent moves in that go worng, and i think the tories are doing a good job of clearing the defecit were still skint remember
personally i dont normally disagree with your vews mr ebagum however on this i feel your worng a lot od rogue land lords out there who also are crap at fixing things after the tennent moves in that go worng, and i think the tories are doing a good job of clearing the defecit were still skint remember d_2da_ougle
  • Score: 1

11:30am Thu 12 Jun 14

Sugarman says...

The council has every right to inspect private rental property if the taxpayers are paying the rent etc. Unfortunately slum landlords are not a thing of the past and if people privately renting in Thurrock and claiming benefits, rent, council tax rebates etc, the Council should be on top of the conditions they are paying the exorbitant rent for.
The council has every right to inspect private rental property if the taxpayers are paying the rent etc. Unfortunately slum landlords are not a thing of the past and if people privately renting in Thurrock and claiming benefits, rent, council tax rebates etc, the Council should be on top of the conditions they are paying the exorbitant rent for. Sugarman
  • Score: 3

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