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Government urged to prioritise house building
Wed 08 Aug 2012
The government has been told it must make house building more of a priority.
According to the Housing Quality Network, people who can afford to "move out of social housing generally do", the Guardian reports.
Alistair McIntosh, chief executive of the organisation, said this means introducing fixed-term tenancies may not necessarily solve underlying problems in the housing sector.
Indeed, he warned that even if the tenancy reforms are put in place, people will still face problems accessing mortgage finance, which would affect their ability to get on the property ladder.
Mr McIntosh also noted that forcing families to move from their home may be morally dubious, particularly if people are attached to where they live and have local ties such as a school and support network.
As a result, he believes building more new homes could be the best way to address these issues. He argued that if they are of a suitable standard, tenants will "move on up".
Mr McIntosh added that fixed-term tenancies are unlikely to "solve all the mysteries and complexities of our social housing system".