Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

27/11/08 MP Rosie welcomes clarification from Housing Minister

WEST Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has welcomed assurances from Housing Minister Margaret Beckett MP over secured tenancies for council tenants.

Rosie attended a Parliamentary debate in the House of Commons last week where the subject of fixed term contracts was raised.

Speaking after the debate, Rosie Cooper MP said: “The Minister made it clear that the proposal for fixed term contracts was from the Chartered Institute of Housing as part of the consultation for a housing reform Green Paper - but she stated categorically that it was not Government policy.

“There has been some unhelpful speculation surrounding this following an inaccurate report which appeared in a national newspaper. As a result, many tenants in West Lancashire have been left worried about the prospect of losing their homes.

“However, the Minister was quite clear that she could not think of a worse time to make such proposals, and that she was not at all sympathetic to the notion that council residents should somehow lose their security of tenure.

“Indeed, she went onto say that the Government does not have even the smallest intention of removing security of tenure from existing tenants.

“I hope the comments from the Housing Minister will give tenants in West Lancashire some reassurance.”

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