Following the resignation of former Conservative Minister, Mark Simmonds MP, because his allowances of £27,875 a year would not be enough to maintain a family home in Westminster, Westminster Council is urging other Conservative Members of Parliament to rent former Council flats on the Churchill Gardens Estate in Pimlico as the cost of £500 a week has “heating and hot water bills included in the rent and (they) would have change from (the Parliamentary) allowance”.
A posting on the City West Homes Rental (the housing management arm of the City Council) website claims;
“Minister quits because of inadequate housing expenses with a budget of £27,875 – See what he could have had through CWHR
In the same postcode area as the Houses of Parliament and indeed 24 minutes’ walk from the Houses of Parliament – but alas recently let, and now for sale as an ongoing buy to let investment with a rent £26k per annum – the former Africa minister could have rented this delightful property in the Churchill Gardens conservation area SW1V. The former Africa minister would have had heating and hot water bills included in the rent and we would have had change from his allowance. There is also a garden for the kids, permit parking in the estate and easy access to the A4 to commute to Lincolnshire, and of course, according to Google maps – 24 minutes’ walk from the Houses of Parliament – an enviable commute walking through the delightful residential streets of Pimlico SW1. Details of the property can be found here http://www.cwhr.co.uk/property-for-sale/3-bedroom-flat-for-sale/churchill-gardens-estate-sw1v/989 “
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said;
“It is beyond belief that Westminster Conservatives should be encouraging the buy-to-let market in Pimlico as this will further reduce the number of Council homes available to families in housing need. Of course Conservative MPs want to live in Pimlico to be close to Parliament, but there are many private flats available for rent without the City Council fuelling the already out-of control buy-to-let market. “
“Westminster Council should be building more homes for local residents in housing need and not trying to fill former Council flats with Conservative MPs”
Last year saw 40 per cent of new build homes in Westminster sold to buy-to-let investors, according to research by specialist fund and asset managers London Central Portfolio.