Banbury Constituency Labour Party

Labour Councils build more social homes for rent

Hilary Benn MP

Hilary Benn MP

From Freedom of Information requests to Local Authorities, Hilary Benn, shadow secretary for Communities and Local Government, has found that Labour local authorities are on average building 87% more social homes for rent than Conservative councils. (Report – Inside Housing)

Benn’s figures have been challenged by Housing Minister Kris Hopkins, but you only have to look at some of the comparisons to believe Benn has a point.

Southwark (Labour)
Social and affordable homes built: 1,999
Social and affordable homes in pipeline: 957

Salford (Labour)
Social and affordable homes built: 544
Social and affordable homes in pipeline: 1,161

South Buckinghamshire (Conservative)
Social and affordable homes built: 29
Social and affordable homes in pipeline: 18

Sevenoaks (Conservative)
Social and affordable homes built: 67
Social and affordable homes in pipeline: 30

The Cherwell District Council Labour Group, led by Councillor Sean Woodcock, are pushing for more social housing, and continue to question the value of  ‘affordable housing’. To quote the Department of Communities and Local Government ‘Affordable rented housing is let by local authorities or private registered providers of social housing to households who are eligible for social rented housing. Affordable Rent is subject to rent controls that require a rent of no more than 80 per cent of the local market rent (including service charges, where applicable).’

Sean Woodcock says “We want Cherwell District Council to facilitate the building and provision of more social housing that is genuinely affordable, because much so-called ‘affordable housing’ is still too dear.’

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