Thursday, 18 May 2017

General Election 2017: Labour Party housing pledges

Aylesbury Estate, Southwark, south London © London Intelligence 2017

Below is a raw first taste of the housing pledges in the Labour Party manifesto for the General Election on 8 June 2017. 

The Labour Party pledges to build over a million new homes by the end of the next Parliament, with at least 100,000 council and housing association homes a year for genuinely affordable rent or sale.
Thousands of low-cost homes will be reserved for first-time buyers.
Right to Buy will be suspended to protect council homes. Councils will only resume sales if they can show a one-to-one replacement of sold homes. 

New department 
Help to Buy funding will be guaranteed until 2027.
Local people will get first choice on new homes built in their area.
A new Department for Housing will oversee housing provision by an overhauled Housing and Communities Agency. Councils will get new power to build homes for local people on brownfield sites. 

The Green Belt will be protected. A new generation of New Towns will be built to avoid urban sprawl.
A National Transformation Fund will underwrite the building of new homes, including council homes.
An industrial and skills strategy will imbue construction firms with skilled workers who enjoy rights at work.
Homes will be insulated to help reduce energy bills, reduce winter deaths and meet climate change targets. 

Land Registry 
Local plans will address the need for older people’s housing, offering choice and downsizing options. The Land Registry will be kept in public ownership to ensure transparent land ownership. 

Labour promises to secure leaseholders from unreasonable ground rent increases and end the routine use of leasehold houses in new developments.
Three-year tenancies will be the norm. Rent rises will be capped. Letting agency fees for tenants will be banned.
Tenants will be given new rights to tackle bad landlords.
New legal minimum standards will ensure homes are fit for habitation. 

The abolition of housing benefit for 18-21 year-olds will be reversed.
The ‘bedroom tax’ will be scrapped.
Rough sleeping will be ended within the next Parliament. Some 4,000 additional homes will be reserved for rough sleepers.

Source: Labour Party

© Paul Coleman, London Intelligence, May 2017

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