Labour leaders urged to prioritise house building
Labour members will urge the party leadership to commit to a programme of investment in new homes at their annual conference today.
A wide-ranging motion on housing states the development of new housing ‘not only meets the needs of our community but is crucial if we are to see the construction sector as a leading player in bringing strong growth back to our economy’.
Among the proposed measures is a commitment to ensure private sector landlords invest in new homes rather than buying up existing stock that could otherwise go to first-time buyers.
The motion condemns the coalition government for failing to deliver new affordable housing, noting that just 105,000 homes were built in England 2010/11.
It states: ‘The Tory-led government is holding back the aspirations of people up and down the country and failing those in need of social housing.’
The motion also attacks coalition government policies on introducing fixed-term tenancies, and the idea of linking social rents to income, which it says will ‘create fear and uncertainty and will create a disincentive to work’.
It calls on the Labour shadow cabinet to make an increase in affordable housing, including social housing, a key theme of its policy development.