Dromey hints at Labour reform of affordable rent
The shadow housing minister has given his strongest indication yet that a Labour government would reform the affordable rent programme.
Speaking at the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual conference Jack Dromey said: ‘We are going to have to tackle an affordable rent model that is not affordable, and the impact that has not just on people’s ability to afford but also housing supply.’
Under the £1.8 billion affordable homes programme houses are let at up to 80 per cent of market rate. Housing associations and other developers are building 170,000 homes through the scheme by 2015.
Earlier in the day housing minister Grant Shapps had suggested the scheme would continue after the 2015 spending review, and noted that Labour had ‘never said “we are against affordable rent”’.
Mr Dromey refused to comment in detail on Labour’s plans for housing, but promised the party would ‘put housing centre stage in the run up to the next general election’.