We’ve uncovered figures showing how more than £1m of public money is being spent on a scheme to sell off much-needed public housing.
Information released under the Freedom of Information Act by the Department of Communities and Local Government show that they’ve spent over £600,000 on promotional materials, including £342,133 on bus stop adverts, and nearly £70,000 on consultants. The Department is also allocating 12 staff to the project, at an estimate cost of over £400,000 this year.
...to spend public money selling off desperately needed public housing
These figures contracts starkly with the £106,761.96 plus VAT quoted by former Housing Minister Grant Shapps when asked about the Department’s spending on the campaign in June.
The lack of secure and affordable public housing has seen more and more hard pressed families forced into privatised housing where they face poor quality insecure housing at rip-off rents. At a time of devastating spending cuts, we think the last thing we need is precious public money being used to promote the sell-off of more council homes. Instead of a housing system that subsidises greedy private landlords and pushes people into risk and debt, we should be investing in new public housing.