Westminster housing chief “steps aside”
Westminster’s high-profile housing and property councillor - Jonathan Glanz – has reportedly resigned after penning an article on council tenants.
According to the Evening Standard, Glanz (the Cabinet Member for Housing and Property at Westminster Council) has stepped aside after “an uproar” over his blog entitled “Trust Funds for Social Tenants; The true cost of central London social housing”, which went up on the Conservative Home website on October 3rd.
The piece in question kicks off with a reference to the “Made in Chelsea brigade”, who “spend their days dining out and sipping champagne on London’s King’s Road”, and goes on to say “it may be a stretch, but in some ways, their fortunes are not entirely dissimilar to some of the benefits enjoyed by social housing tenants in some of the country’s most expensive areas”.
Speaking to the Standard, Tory council leader Philippa Roe: “I recognise that in Councillor Glanz’s recent article about social housing tenants, his intention was to raise a serious point about the cost of housing in central London but I also recognise that his comments, as reported, may have caused offence.”The blog is still up on Conservative Home Image of the Made in Chelsea brigade courtesy of Channel 4