Our housing crisis grows ever worse as the Conservatives have failed to get enough houses built for those who need them – and in Vauxhall there is desperate need for more truly affordable housing. Although I have helped thousands of people living in substandard accommodation over the years, there simply aren’t enough homes available, and since the start of the Tory-Lib Dem coalition, housebuilding has dropped to the lowest level since the 1920s.
Labour has promised to build over a million new homes. By the end of the next Parliament we will be building at least 100,000 council and housing association homes a year for genuinely affordable rent or sale.
Private renters have particularly suffered rising rents and insecure circumstances, and Labour will help by introducing controls on rent rises, more secure tenancies and new consumer rights for renters.
I am also pleased that we have promised a national strategy to tackle homelessness and end the appalling rise in rough sleeping since 2010 that shames our society.
I will always stand up for tenants, for leaseholders, and for people being given unacceptable service by unresponsive housing authorities like Hyde Housing.
Kate Hoey’s Hyde House Debate in Parliament