Government backs down on 'pay to stay' social housing plan

The Government has backed down over its controversial "pay to stay" policy for those living in social housing.

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has said plans to charge higher rents for social housing tenants on higher incomes will not be compulsory, after a consultation over the summer. 

Councils and housing associations will be able to choose whether they implement the policy, rather than being forced to do so by the Government.

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