The Conservatives showed their true colours at the Northampton Council Meeting on the 6th November.
Lib Dem Councillors proposed a motion that could have resulted in the “Right to Buy” for council properties being suspended in Northampton for 3 to 5 years. Cllr. Sally Beardsworth made this proposal because the waiting list for a council property is getting longer and longer and the Tories have failed to build the 100 extra homes,a year, that they promised in their manifesto 6 years ago.
The result is that the council is now spending £50K a month on temporary accommodation, to house homeless families. Often this accommodation is out of town and disrupts children’s schooling.
The system is broke but the Conservatives seems to like it that way.
The Tory Leader of the Councillor admitted that there was a problem with homelessness but said that they could not
ask the Government for permission to suspend the Right to Buy, whilst we reduce the waiting lists, as Right to Buy is a Conservative party policy introduced by Margaret Thatcher.
The Liberal Democrats are the only party coming up with practical ideas as to how to tackle this growing problem.
Previously We proposed building temporary accommodation on Council land so that families could have basic facilities to feed their families rather than being housed in Bed and Breakfast accommodation but this was also dismissed.