Liverpool candidates promise new homes
Thousands of new homes are being promised in the battle to become Liverpool’s first directly elected mayor next month.
Labour candidate and leader of Liverpool Council Joe Anderson has published a manifesto in which he has promised to build 5,000 new homes in four years, refurbish 1,000 more and commit £3 million to a scheme to provide mortgage deposits for first-time buyers. Mr Anderson said he wants to target brownfield sites for development to address dereliction in the city - which would also result in 17,000 jobs.
Liberal Democrat candidate Richard Kemp, meanwhile, has pledged to hold back funds such as neighbourhood funding or Supporting People from housing associations that are not prepared to get more involved in their areas. He has also called on housing associations to become lettings agents and to manage properties acquired from landlords whose homes have been taken away from them using compulsory powers.
Conservative candidate Tony Caldeira has pledged to promote the reinvigorated right to buy while pushing the development of more affordable housing and working with investors on schemes such as £5.5 billion, 9,000-home Liverpool Waters.
Salford is also set to vote in a mayor, with Ian Stewart, the Labour candidate, and Liberal Democrat candidate Norman Own both citing housing as a key issue in the election.
Liverpool mayoral campaign: the candidates’ pledges
Joe Anderson : Labour
- to build 5,000 new homes in four years and refurbish 1,000 more
- to set up £3 million mortgage deposit scheme for first-time buyers
- target brownfield sites for development
Richard Kemp : Liberal Democrat
- will hold back funds from associations which do not get more involved in their neighbourhoods
- wants associations to be lettings agents and to manage properties acquired through compulsory orders
Tony Caldeira : Conservative
- will promote the right to buy
- will push for the development of more affordable housing in the city
- will work to attract investment in new housing