Firefighters: invest in social housing to reduce risk of fires
Firefighters have thrown their weight behind calls for more investment in decent homes, due to the increased number of fires in poorly maintained properties.
Fire Brigades Union general secretary Matt Wrack said that the repair and maintenance of social housing was an issue of concern to members, as they received more calls from poorly maintained estates.
'In more run-down housing, we tend to get more fires,' he said.
As part of this week's Trades Union Congress, Mr Wrack's union called for a moratorium on further stock transfers or 'privatisations' until the close of consultation on the housing green paper.
The demand for the moratorium was carried by delegates on Monday as part of a Unison motion on affordable housing, asking for local authorities to be given the ability to bring their housing up to standard and build new homes.
The motion also demanded an expansion of options for low-cost homeownership, an increase in the number of rented social homes and more tenant involvement.
Moving the motion, Unison general secretary Dave Prentis called for an end to the 'bigotry' preventing tenants from having a fourth option.
The plea was echoed in a motion from Unite, which was also carried. Unite called for the government to create sustainable revenue for council housing and help for councils to plan mixed communities in new developments.