Tory Government forced to back down on plans for massive tenant income tax hike
Camden’s Labour council fought the so-called ‘Pay to Stay’ policy from the start. The policy would have seen council tenants forced to pay an extra 15p in every pound earned over £40,000. A family with two adults together earning £45,000 would have had to find an additional £750 in rent per year. All of the money lost by residents would have been taken by central government.
Camden Labour has worked with residents to voice concerns about the damaging Tory Housing and Planning Act.
Sarah Hayward, Labour’s Leader of Camden Council said, “Pay to Stay would have been a brutal tax on our tenants who work hard to support their families. The prospect created massive insecurity for social tenants who face a London-wide housing crisis. This hard-fought change is a major victory for our tenants.”
But the Conservatives still want to force Camden to sell 300 council homes a year. This will further hamper efforts to tackle overcrowding, reduce housing waiting lists and solve the housing crisis.
Camden Labour will continue to work with tenants, residents’ groups, and trade unions to challenge the Government. Now the Tories must reverse the other damaging parts of the Housing Act and act to provide secure, affordable housing for everyone in Camden.