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Labour needs to be pressed to put council housing at the top of its priorities list 19 Oct 2018 14:17 #10619

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MARTIN WICKS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2018

MARTIN WICKS reflects on Labour’s housing policy in the wake of the party’s conference in Liverpool


THE contradiction between Labour’s official housing policies and the more radical aspirations of members and supporters was highlighted at the recent Liverpool conference.

First, the delegates voted to remit the National Policy Forum housing section report.

The only pledge in it was the promise to build one million “genuinely affordable homes” over 10 years, “the majority of which will be social rent.”

Yet the current level of funding promised will not support 50,000 or more “social rent” homes a year.

Second, the composite resolution on housing voted through included a number of policies which, if adopted, would mark a significant step forward from Labour’s existing policy.

Labour had only committed to suspension of right to buy, but the composite motion unequivocally supported ending RTB.

This would mark a qualitative break with New Labour’s housing philosophy which painted self-interest as “aspiration.”

Third, the composite called for the building of 100,000 “social rent” homes a year. This contradicts Labour’s policy of 100,000 “affordable homes” for rent and sale.

Read Full Report Here;
morningstaronline.co.uk/article/labour-needs-be-pressed-put-council-housing-top-its-priorities-list
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