Social housing neglect due to lack of political will

Responding to calls from housing charity Shelter for more social housing, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Housing Wera Hobhouse MP said:

“Conservative Ministers have neglected social housing for far too long. The housing crisis is leaving people unable to afford a home of their own or, even worse, without a roof over their head.

“Councils building social homes for rent is not only the quickest and most cost-effective way to produce the maximum amount of homes, but it is so important due to the secure tenancy they offer vulnerable tenants.”

“The Liberal Democrats welcome Shelter’s call for funding and more social housing. The current lack of social housing results in housing benefit going into the hands of private landlords, rather than councils. What is stopping this from changing is simply the lack of political will.”

“The Government must put forward an ambitious plan for building new social housing. The housing crisis is a human crisis; Ministers must take responsibility and start making a serious effort fix it.”

Tupton Ward Councillor, David Hancock has been campaigning for the use of Council land if it has to be used, for social and affordable housing across North Derbyshire.

North Derbyshire Lib Dems Housing Spokesperson, Cllr David Hancock said:

“Although Government policy is to blame for setting the planning framework, local Councils also have a responsibility to make use of their own land to increase the social housing stock.”

Labour across North Derbyshire time and time again are using their land for executive houses – instead of the type of housing which will save them money in the long run as well as making more social available to local people.

The Lib Dems demand action of the social housing crisis looming over North Derbyshire.

You can join the Liberal Democrats campaign to increase the social housing stock by visiting www.libdems.org.uk/join-local

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Shelter call for more social housing – https://england.shelter.org.uk/support_us/campaigns/a_vision_for_social_housing

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