Scrap house bidding system, say readers

Scrapping the current bidding system and abolishing the right to buy are among Star readers’ suggestions to help cut Sheffield’s council house waiting list – currently the longest in Yorkshire.

Labour councillors argue the list of over 28,600 names is artificially long, as many of those people have no intention of taking part in the bidding.

But reader Dromedary on The Star website calls for a return to an ‘in need’ points system which will make the statistics truer and give more opportunities to the city’s indigenous population.

He adds: “Please can Councillor Harry Harpham also tell us just how many Sheffield council homes have been demolished or given away over the past 30 years, such as Kelvin flats, Hyde Park flats, Norfolk Park flats and maisonettes and homes in Arbourthorne? Can he also tell us how much of the land freed up was given away to private building schemes and how many new council properties have been built by the council in that timeframe?”

Yorkshire65 attacks existing right to buy regulations.

“If councils built council houses, the tenant would be able to buy it in five years at a 35 per cent reduction. This may be the reason councils don’t rush to build them.

“If the new owner then gets in difficulties, the house usually gets into the hands of a private landlord who then rents it out at a higher rent than the council charges. It is a stupid policy.”

Serendipity says: “The problem is a combination of two disastrous policies – the Tories forcing councils to sell their housing stock followed by Labour’s mass immigration.”

Thorpey meanwhile argues council homes should be made available only temporarily with tenancies limited to 10 or 15 years.