Grant Shapps has given A statement to Inside Housing on his view of the impact of Pinnock v Manchester and Powell v Hounslow on the plans for flexible tenancies.
The short answer is not a lot. He points to the ‘exceptional case’ provision and the presumption of proportionality. He also argues that the review provisions for possession of flexible tenancies satisfies Pinnock guidance.
And he may well be right, although I suspect things will not be so straightforward as the new provisions bed down.
On the rest, one might wonder how flexible tenancies will give providers “greater control over ensuring that their social housing goes to those most in need”, given that the tenancies are supposed to go to those in work, but that will have to wait for another time.