Britain has a housing crisis. House prices are way out of line with earnings. In our area the average house costs 10 times the typical salary. Building new homes doesn’t help. Local people can’t afford them. Many people must rent, typically paying a third or more of household income to their landlord. Benefit payments do not cover the rent. Social and council housing is hard to access.
Build 100’000 council and housing association homes a year for genuinely affordable rent or sale.
Build thousands of low cost homes reserved for first-time buyers.
Give local people buying their first home “first dibs” on new homes built in their area.
Protect greenbelt by building on brownfield sites whenever possible.
Build zero-carbon homes and insulate existing homes.
Give councils the power to build the homes communities need.
Transform the planning system with a new duty to deliver affordable homes.
End security for private renters by making three-year tenancies the norm and putting an inflation cap on rents.
Introduce new legal minimum standards to ensure properties are fit for human habitation.
Bring back long-term council house tenancies.
Suspend the Right to Buy and end the bedroom tax.