Miliband to outline Labour’s home-building plan tomorrow

1st March, 2015 10:01 pm

Tomorrow, Ed Miliband will outline Labour’s plan for house building and creating a fairer renting market.

At a People’s Question Time in Hove, the Labour leader will explain how the current government has failed the millions of people who want to own a home but are unable to because of the ongoing housing crisis.

Labour’s plan for housing includes ensuring that 200,000 more homes are built every year by 2020, giving local communities more robust powers to build the homes and putting a cap on rent increases for new 3 year tenancies.

Miliband will lambast the Government, saying they have “betrayed young people” but that nowhere has this failure been “more dismal than on housing”. He’ll explain:

“We are building less than half the number of homes we need and young people are being priced out of the market with the average house price now eight times the average wage.

“This Government has achieved nothing but record lows for house building and home ownership – and record highs for working people still living with their parents and young families having to pay rip off charges to rent.”

Highlighting that the Conservatives don’t have a costed housing plan, Miliband will go on to explain how Labour’s plan differs drastically from the Tories’, saying:

“The cost of a deposit for a first home is rising year on year and soaring rents are squeezing young people’s ability to save. We have a plan to help young people get on the housing ladder.

“We have a plan to build hundreds of thousands of new homes and give priority for those homes to young families just starting out.

“And we have a plan for families who rent with new long-term tenancies to prevent rip-off rent rises. We will include legislation in our first Queen’s Speech to ban letting agent fees charged to tenants, saving Generation Rent more than £1.5 billion over the parliament – or £625 for each family.

“This is a better plan to tackle the cost-of-living crisis with more homes, fairer rents and help for first-time buyers.

“This is a plan which will help fulfil the fundamental aspiration people have in life for a decent home of their own.

“This is a plan which will help restore the Promise of Britain so the next generation can do better than the last based on Labour’s belief that our country succeeds when working families succeed.”

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    Is building council houses a policy that dare not speak its name? Last year only 1180 were built in England but 26,376 were sold to wealthier tenants some receiving a taxpayer bung of £100,000.

  • Stephen Rogers

    I’m right behind you Ed.

    • CrunchieTime

      Well yes. It’s the best place to be when you are about to stab them in the back.

  • imw101

    “We have a plan to help young people get on the housing ladder.”

    Does he also have a plan to ensure they can meet the mortgage payments every month for 25 years?

    ““And we have a plan for families who rent with new long-term tenancies to prevent rip-off rent rises.”

    Ho-hum. Does he not realise that rents are a result of supply and demand? Landlords have to charge rents in line with local demand. Otherwise their properties will be empty.

    The lad really does inhabit la-la land.

    • PT

      Politically driven plans to ‘help’ people on the housing ladder have always resulted in house prices being pushed further upwards.

  • PT

    With immigration running out of control, and buy-to-let investors able to snap up the majority of smaller new homes, you’re wasting your time.

  • David Pickering

    “At a People’s Question Time in Hove”.

    If it’s a “People’s Question”, how did Miliband know the question of housing was going to come up? Or is this just another fake interaction with the ‘people’ all of whom turn out to be Labour party members who have been primed to ask the right questions?

  • Grouchy Oldgit

    How will Labour ensure that 200,000 more homes are built every year? Will the government buy land and materials and hire builders? Will it subsidize or otherwise incentivize private builders to build? Will it make planning easier to obtain? What proportion of the 200,000 homes will be council or other non-profit rentals? Will it stop selling off the remaining much-needed council homes?

  • Tommo

    Of course the root cause of the housing shortage is the issue that must not be discussed – immigration


      Immigration of Boris’ Asian Pals, That is why we are building luxury accommodation. He doesn’t mind how he brings money into London and allows safe deposit empty luxury flats to be built.

  • ClearBell

    We need to stop selling off council homes. We need instead to acquire housing to become council-owned, and improvement should always be attempted rather than demolition. We need to protect tenants rights to a decent standard of housing, rent protection so that prices are not stratospheric, we need VAT to be less on refurbishment of old housing stock, and renewal of blighted areas so that our green spaces are protected from sprawl and so we don’t end up with coast to coast concrete. Residential property that is deliberately left empty should be forced to be made available to tenancies.

    We need to stop the hollowing out of towns and cities, and the madness of everyone believing that being pinned down by a mortgage is the only way to feel secure. And get rid of cynical planning terms like “affordable housing”.

    Swathes of land are now occupied by ticky-tacky boxes that all look just the same and are just awful (using too much land, on flood planes, inflexible, energy greedy). It is shameful when you compare what is built now with, say, the brilliantly designed LCC estates.

    Sorry, just watched “Dilapidated dwelling” which I think has never been broadcast and it’s got me thinking about how utterly stupid our housing policies always are.

  • Markham Weavill

    I’d believe the hype if I wasn’t old enough to have seen the results of both main parties pandering to the ideology of a home owning liberal social policy that denigrated and ignored swathes of the population who could never afford a mortgage.

    Labour are just as much to blame. They were in power for thirteen years. They could have allowed local authorities to keep the monies from the sale of council houses with the proviso that it was spent on replacement housing stock – they didn’t. That would have reduced demand for private rented accommodation over time. They could have ensured buy to let mortgages didn’t have tax advantages – they didn’t.

    Nothing the Labour Treasury team have said would lead anyone to believe that local authorities are going to get any help towards building houses. The proposed legislation on rented housing is yet more sticking plaster. The housing market like many other markets in the UK is broken but our politicians haven’t the nerve to be radical. They tinker at the edges and sadly mostly make it worse. The more regulations the more loopholes for the unscrupulous to use to their advantage.


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