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Council pleased with government plans to block social housing access to migrants

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Local Government

Council pleased with government plans to block social housing access to migrants Council pleased with government plans to block social housing access to migrants

Government plans to block migrants' access to social housing announced in the Queen's Speech have been welcomed by a council that has already adopted such a policy.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s revamped housing rules mean that only people with a local connection to the area can apply for social housing.

The Queen announced on Wednesday that the government will be enshrining such a policy in law. New migrants will only be able to apply for social housing if they have lived in the UK and have "contributed to this country" for at least two years.

H&F Council's policy goes further than the government's, stipulating that social housing applicants must have a five-year local connection to the borough.

The council has also welcomed government plans to shake-up the Right to Buy scheme by increasing discounts in London to £100,000, and reducing the time that tenants must live in a council home until they're eligible to buy from five years to three.

H&F has claimed that the government's 'heeded its advice' over the new Right to Buy legislation.

Cllr Greg Smith, H&F's deputy leader, said: “Changes announced in the Queen Speech will have a positive impact here in Hammersmith & Fulham and across the country. And by increasing the eligibility for Right to Buy, thousands of our tenants may potentially now be able to consider buying their council property – something that for so long has only been a pipe-dream.”

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