Frank Field’s surveillance society
That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require the Secretary of State to make provision for the system for social housing allocation to give priority of choice of social housing to those with an exemplary tenancy record; to place a duty on housing associations to inform potential tenants about conduct of existing tenants in neighbouring properties; and for connected purposes.
Logically, this means that local authorities and social housing providers would be required to keep behavioural league tables on all the people who rent their homes from them, so that the ‘exemplary’ ones can go to the top of the list.
Of course, a 10 minute rule motion has little chance of making its way immediately to law, but Field is sowing the seeds for his weird surveillance state, where if you want to rent a home you’ll have to not just stay out of trouble, but conform to his idea of an ‘exemplary’ way of life.
Will we get extra points for going to church, I wonder?