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THE DEATH OF SOCIAL RENT PROPERTIES IN SALFORD?
 

Star date: 17th October 2017

CITY WEST ACCOUNTS SHOW MOVE AWAY FROM SOCIAL RENT

New accounts for City West Housing Trust show a loss of 259 social rent properties last year, and an increase of 154 more expensive 'affordable rent' properties. Meanwhile, none of the housing company's new units are for social rent, while 98 high rise flats have been converted from social to private rent.

Not-for-profit City West made a surplus of £16.3million last year, while its highest paid director trousered £160,000.

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As poverty increases, social rent properties in Salford are dwindling, as housing companies move towards the more expensive and so-called 'affordable rent', and shared ownership deals.

The latest accounts of City West Housing Trust, published this month for the year 2016 to March 2017, show the gradual shifting away from social rent properties.

In Eccles, 98 high rise flats were converted from social rent to market rent via the City West offshoot profit making company, ForLiving Ltd, set up this year to 'buy and sell real estate'. In February, and as revealed by the Salford Star last year, the company also bought 99 Private Rent Sector, or PRS, apartments in Ordsall.

During 2016-17, City West delivered 327 properties, none of which were for social rent190 'affordable rent'; 38 'affordable home ownership' and the 99 PRS flats. This year, the company states that it expects to deliver a further 157 units, again, none of which will be social rent 144 'affordable rent' and 13 'affordable home ownership'.

Over the last financial year, City West's social rent properties have declined by 259 unitsfrom 13,244 in 2016, to 12,985 in 2017. Meanwhile, there's been a rise of 154 'affordable rent' properties, up from 581 to 735 during that period.

City West's social housing rents altogether produced a surplus of £21.68million in the year to March 2017, compared to £18.99million the year before, an increase of almost £3million. The company made an overall surplus in 2016/17 of £16.363million on its 14,951 properties, up from £15.2million the year before.

City West's highest paid director received £160,000 including pensions and benefits in kind, up £3,000 from the previous year, while its highest paid member of staff moved up an income bracket to earn between £70,000 and £80,000.

For the 88 City West tenants affected by the benefit cap life isn't so easy, with them losing an average of £40 a week. For this group, total arrears rose by an average £191 per household in the first six months of the cap.

City West states in the accounts that funds from its market rents are ring fenced 'to supporting the delivery of new affordable properties'. Only problem is that the company's 'new affordable properties' don't include social rent...



* The accounts also state that the cost of removing and replacing cladding systems on high rises that have failed Government fire safety tests is estimated to be £1.7million. City West also announced last week that it is to fit sprinkler systems in all of the twelve blocks that failed the tests.

wrote
at 17:22:08 on 24 October 2017
Ms Ferrer the amount is based on a local council over in Derby where costs for a ward Councillor byelection was £27,000 (link below). This does not include the party or personal amounts spent by candidates. The amount spent in Claremont Ward byelecton and now in Langworthy means our Council must be hard up. But waiting until May does not make it cheaper as the cost per elector shows a full Council Election costs 20 x £27,000 which is half a million pounds every local election year! https://news.derby.gov.uk/council-to-recover-costs-of-last-years-by-election/
 
Mary ferrer wrote
at 15:17:13 on 24 October 2017
Dear Wrote,why does it cost £25.000 to hold a by-election.If it can be proven that is the case,well yes I agree wait till may.but I would like to see a full breakdown of where this figure came from first. We have election services who get paid whether there is an election or not. Yes there is overtime on the day. But the rest of the time the staff are there and on the payroll.So Mr wrote are you saying that come next may it will cost us £25.000 multiply by 20 ???????
 
Josh wrote
at 17:49:03 on 23 October 2017
Millionaire Felse should stand in Langworthy for the Tories. A fight between political left and right will be good for us Salford.
 
wrote
at 08:36:41 on 23 October 2017
Hedley your are wrong. It not only takes 2 but £25,000 to have a Langworthy By Election. Labour cannot afford it and Langworthy is just not worth it. Simple as.
 
hedley hopper - tamla motown fan, politico-fashionista wrote
at 08:12:48 on 23 October 2017
@ Robin R - To quote some of that 1965 Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston classic "It Take's Two".... it only takes two SALFORD electors to trigger the Langworthy ByElection. Can anyone think of any more appropriate songs? (AND NOT THE RED FLAG!!!)
 
RobinR wrote
at 16:38:34 on 22 October 2017
Why has no one in Langworthy Ward called election time in Langworthy. Is Labor running scared? Afraid since their pathetic result in Claremont where they got less than 1 in 5 turning out to vote? Labor is finished in Salford. Trust has long gone down the Irwell. Langworthy raise the game to tell em all. https://www.salford.gov.uk/media/391245/notice-of-casual-vacancy.pdf
 
wrote
at 19:39:35 on 17 October 2017
BBC news today says 20% drop in house values. Why are rents not dropping instead of profit making. The new flats seen going up in Ordsall risk ending up empty or negative equity eyesores.
 
Amanda Finnegan wrote
at 18:26:45 on 17 October 2017
Just hope they don’t start trying to ‘encourage’ those who are in social housing to buy thier homes, might end up being kicked out if they prefer to rent from CW.
 
Salford Star wrote
at 18:26:16 on 17 October 2017
See Ben Morris comment below...The photo is just a representation of a City West property
 
Ben Morris wrote
at 18:24:53 on 17 October 2017
This won't be happening in the flats you picture, as the block is sheltered housing.
 
George wrote
at 18:24:40 on 17 October 2017
I hear Salford Council are looking at using this idea to change council flats and houses into private stock allowing double and treble rent increases. It will pay for the high rise cladding costly problem. Joe Public again picking up Council massive bill.
 
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