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Govt gets power to sell social housing
Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford told the Parliament the new law was a charter for corruption.
"Paula Bennett stands here in the house defending a bill that will give her and Bill English, the deputy prime minister, absolute unfettered powers to do any deal they like with whomsoever they like on any terms and conditions," he said.
He said the legislation had given the government the power to "flog off billions of dollars' worth of land and housing" and not be bothered with "pesky public servants".
Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei said the people who needed help the most would no longer have any security about where they lived.
Unsuitable state housing sold to build Suitable Healthy Homes
Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei said she's pleased that government is acting to upgrade state housing stock, as demand does not meet current stock. Demand is for single units and 4 + bedroom homes, mainly in Auckland. The old stock is difficult to upgrade and maintain and selling will free up funds. This is an initiative that will give needy people homes they need, where and when they most need them.
Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford told the Parliament he understands many social housing agencies don't want to become further involved in social housing. And selling just over 1100 houses in Tauranga and another 370 in Invercargill is a good place to start as there's little demand in these areas.