Labour: We’ll give tenants more say
The Labour Party has promised greater regulation of the private rented sector and longer term tenancies in an outline of its future housing policies.
It has asked for contributions to its plans for the next manifesto in six policy areas, including ‘sustainable communities’ which includes housing. A national policy forum is due to meet on the 16 and 17 June to decide which ideas to develop.
The party outlined its belief that building more affordable homes should be a priority and that different regions and areas must have different solutions which reflect local needs.
‘A future Labour government would look to increase housing supply by encouraging more house building, including in rural areas where the shortage of affordable housing can be acute, and also through bringing empty homes back into use,’ the document said.
It also promised to give social tenants more say over decisions made by their landlords, thereby promoting greater responsibility for their homes.
It suggested an allocations policy which favours people who have contributed to their communities.
The document also suggested the private rented sector should be ‘properly regulated’, and that longer-term tenancies should be available for private tenants.