Westminster Council’s Housing Cabinet member Jonathan Glanz has compared his West End social housing constituents with “the Made in Chelsea brigade, the young people portrayed in the ITV television series who spend their days dining out and sipping champagne on London’s King’s Road” because of “ the benefits enjoyed by social housing tenants in some of country’s most expensive areas”. Councillor Glanz also criticizes “long-term tenants’ right to pass their tenancy on to their children”.
In an article on the Conservative Home website, Councillor Glanz claims that “some social housing properties in Westminster and other central London boroughs are valued at upwards of £2 million” and that “purchasing a property for £2m would likely require:
• Capital in the form of a deposit of around 10% (£200,000)
• An annual household income of £515,000 in order to service the mortgage costs, or
• A Trust Fund in the region of £12-15m, with a generous annual return of around 4-5%”
In November 2012, according to the ‘Evening Standard’, Councillor Glanz complained that residents’ associations in the West End are not representative of people living there and are in danger of creating a “hollowed out” area because of their complaints about noise and night life and that local committees tend to be run by older people and long-time residents who are resistant to change and the 24-hour culture of life in central London.
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said;
“Councillor Glanz obviously does not like his West End social housing constituents or those who run residents’ associations and he would rather they lived somewhere elsewhere that befits their low incomes. It would be a lot easier and simpler if he stood down from the Council so that someone with a shred of common sense can represent all West End residents, rich and poor and those in the middle.”