Brussels urged - keep out of social housing

11-Jun-2013 @ 14:0

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Brussels urged - keep out of social housing

Conservative MEPs today urged European Union officials to keep away from issues that should best be tackled by national governments.
The plea came after a majority in the European Parliament backed a report calling for the EU effectively to fund new council houses all across Europe - and to set management frameworks and investment targets for social housing schemes in member states.

The report, drawn up by French Green MEP Karima Delli, criticises governments such as the UK's which are bearing down on debt through deficit-reduction measures, and demands that the EU should start paying for new social housing. It also calls for a "European Social Housing Action Framework" and a "Social Investment Target".

Conservative MEPs strongly opposed the proposals. Employment and Social Affairs spokesman Anthea McIntyre said: "This is not an area where the EU should be involved at all.
"It needs to be left to national and local government to decide how social housing schemes are run, how they are funded, and how much they cost taxpayers. Especially so in times of economic hardship.
"EU officials should be encouraged to concentrate on the areas where they can really do some good - areas like trade, research and development, and completing the single market - not given encouragement to get involved in evermore fanciful social schemes funded by taxpayers.
"Social housing, more than anything, needs to run on a flexible basis, responding to local needs and affordability - not a 'one size fits all' edict from Brussels."
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