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Thursday 27 Apr 2017

Labour focuses on new homes in UK

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As a snap general election approaches the Labour Party is committing to build more housing following years of limited supply 

The Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to build a million homes over five years in the UK if Labour are elected in the forthcoming general election - half of which will be council houses. The UK shadow housing secretary John Healey has also promised to take "big steps" to deal with the UK’s housing crisis.

According to the BBC Mr Healey said a Labour government would build 100,000 affordable council and housing association homes a year to rent and buy.  He has also under-lined the fact that Labour-led councils build more homes than Conservative-led councils in the UK.

However, he said voters would have to wait for the Labour Party’s manifesto for the UK’s coming General Election to see the plan.

In a separate White Paper the Conservative Party have also vowed to build more affordable houses.

According to a Labour-commissioned study Labour councils have built on average 2,577 new homes between 2010 and this year, compared with 1,679 in Tory-led areas.

It also showed that Liberal Democrat councils performing slightly worse than the Conservatives, building on average 1,660 new homes.

Commenting on Labour's approach to housebuilding on BBC Radio Four, Mr Healey said: "You have to have councils building and commissioning new homes as part of a much bigger effort from housing associations, private housebuilders and councils."

Mr Healey, a housing minister in Gordon Brown's government, said that decades of missed housing targets was a "test that all of us as politicians have to meet".

"It's no good announcing big figures and targets. People have lost confidence in that. We have got to show not just what we want to do, but how we will do it and how we will fund it."

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