Labour strategy to target private rented sector
Labour will soon be launching tough proposals for the private rented sector, shadow housing minister Jack Dromey told delegates at a homelessness conference
Mr Dromey told Inside Housing the PRS strategy would be a ‘radically different model’ from the Conservative policy and he would ‘make it work’.
‘The outcome we want is a sector good for tenants and good for reputable landlords, and a more suitable long term market which levers in institutional investment,’ he said in a speech at single homeless people’s charity Crisis’ annual conference in London yesterday.
He would not give any details about the proposals but said they were likely to be unveiled in July and hinted they would be the first of more housing strategies to come from Labour. ‘Watch this space,’ he told Inside Housing.
Mr Dromey also told delegates there would be an ‘initiative’ in the summer this year to bring young people together to give them a voice in housing. He would not say what this would be but explained: ‘We want young homeless [people] to come together and we want government to listen to that.’
The shadow minister also pledged to take housing ‘centre stage’ in a Labour government. ‘We need a single-minded focus in central government about housing,’ he said. ‘Housing needs to be at the centre of policy making.’