LAURA McAlpine, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Harlow and the Villages condemns the news that one in five households in England face housing affordability problems.
Ms McAlpine said: “To make housing more affordable for struggling families up and down the country, we need to build genuinely affordable homes.
“In Harlow, the average price of a house is now a staggering £316,000, whilst the average wage of a Harlow resident is less than £25,000.
“We need to build high quality social rented housing, on a mass scale to ensure hard-working families have the homes they deserve.
“Shelter’s ‘A Vision for Social Housing’ report concludes that 3.1 million new social rented homes need to be built over the next 20 years, that’s an average of 155,000 per year.”
Mark Ingall, Leader of Harlow Council added: “Laura and I care deeply about housing and clearly this news highlights the need for truly affordable social housing in Harlow. But the constraints of austerity from the Conservatives in Westminster make this a difficult to thing to provide on a local level.
“Through the hard work and due diligence of your Labour councillors, we will begin constructing new council housing in Harlow this year. This an achievement I am incredibly proud of but with 4,000 people on our housing needs list, I have ambitions to do more”
“This can only be achieved with Laura as the MP for Harlow within a Labour Government in Westminster that believes in Local Government and social housing and is prepared to invest in it. Labour’s housing pledge will give us the resources to build the truly affordable social housing for local people need”
John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary said:
“There has been a disastrous fall in the number of new homes for social rent under the Conservatives and we are now building over 30,000 fewer social rented homes a year than when Labour left office in 2010.
“After nine years of failure on housing, a Labour Government will build a million low-cost homes, the majority for social rent, and kick-start the biggest council housebuilding programme in nearly 40 years.”
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