Later that day, the government admitted it was also ditching controversial plans to hike council house rents for better-off tenants.
So-called “pay to stay”, where households would have had to pay more if they collectively earned more than £30,000 outside London, or £40,000 in the capital, was one of the centre-pieces of the Government’s controversial Housing and Planning Bill.
In May, ministers successfully fought off attempts in the House of Lords to have the policy scrapped – but decided this week to axe the plan under their own steam.
Local authorities will be able to implement the increase voluntarily – though it is a power they already have, and have so far not exercised it.
Housing Minister Gavin Barwell said in a statement to Parliament:
“We have listened carefully to the views of tenants, local authorities and others and as a result, we have decided not to proceed with a compulsory approach.”
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