Cllr Stephanie Cryan, Southwark’s deputy leader and cabinet member for housing, has confirmed the council will not implement Pay to Stay in Southwark, following the Government’s u-turn over its plans to make the policy mandatory for councils.
Following fierce opposition and campaigning by Labour councillors, Party members and residents, the Government has announced last week that it was scrapping its plans for the unfair Pay to Stay
Tenant Tax. Pay to Stay will now be voluntary for councils, as is already the case for housing associations.
The Government’s proposals would have required councils to collect higher rents from council tenants earning over £40,000, with all the additional money going straight to the Treasury.
Southwark’s Labour councillors have been campaigning against the policy and Cllr Cryan wrote to housing minister Gavin Barwell to raise concerns about local authorities being forced to means test council tenants.
Deputy Leader of Southwark Council and Cabinet Member for Housing Cllr Stephanie Cryan said: “Southwark Labour councillors are completely opposed to Pay to Stay and we have been campaigning against the Government’s plans to make it mandatory for councils. Pay to Stay would lead to huge rent hikes for working families living in council homes, so I’m delighted that the Tories have scrapped their plans and I can confirm Southwark will not be implementing the policy.
We will continue to lobby the Government to drop their other disastrous housing policies in the Housing and Planning Act, including the end of lifetime tenancies and the forced sale of council homes. I would urge also housing associations in Southwark to follow the council’s lead and confirm that they will not implement Pay to Stay.”