LONDON (Labour Buzz) - The Labour Campaign for Council Housing (LCCH) has released responses from the leadership candidates to its housing pledge.
Successive governments have failed to build enough social rent council homes and we all suffer from the effects to this day. It has contributed to a rise in homelessness, poverty and unaffordable rents. Even if you’re not impacted directly, you’ll have seen the results in the increased number of homeless people on the streets.
Last year, to ensure a future Labour Government would end the housing crisis for good, the campaign helped to shape a radical policy to put housing back at the centre of Labour policy where it belongs.
It included promises to:
- End right to buy
- Build 150,000 social rent homes per year with 100,000 of these being built by councils for social rent.
- To provide a £75bn infrastructure fund to deliver these homes over five years.
The election result may have been devastating for us all, but the campaign is keen to make sure that disappointment doesn’t knock housing off the top of the priority list. To that end, the LCCH wrote to all candidates asking them to confirm their commitment to the manifesto pledges.
Both Rebecca Long Bailey and Lisa Nandy signed the pledge by committing to build 100,000 social rent council homes per year.
“We commend the fact that both Long-Bailey and Nandy recognise that the solution to the housing crisis is building more housing that is affordable for everyone, everywhere,” said the campaign team in a statement.
At the time of writing, Starmer has yet to make that promise. He’s seen the effects of the housing crisis first hand in his home constituency and has worked hard to tackle homelessness in his campaigning.
The LCCH has called on Starmer to follow in the footsteps of his fellow candidates and back the proposals.
“To publicly back a large-scale council housebuilding programme is a chance to cement these promises within a policy commitment,” they said. “We do hope to hear from his campaign soon and hope that he continues to publicly back such a programme if elected as leader of the party.”
All candidates for Deputy Leader have backed the commitments showing that, once again, although the party has faced plenty of disputes, it is more or less united on key policy. According to data from Shelter, around one in 200 people in England are homeless or stuck in temporary accommodation. More than a million people are stuck on the waiting list for social housing, how can this be acceptable in 2020, in the world 6th largest economy?
(Written by Tom Cropper, edited by Michael O'Sullivan)