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GMB London Housing Demo 2nd July

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

GMB Young London Demonstration On Housing On Thursday 2nd July Outside Hustings For Labour London Mayoral Candidates

Rents are out of control in London, young people can’t even dream of buying their own home and we have a severe lack of council and social housing says GMB Young London.

GMB Young London are holding a demonstration on Thursday 2nd July from 5.30pm outside the housing hustings for the Labour Mayoral candidates at University of Westminster, Marylebone Road, NW1 5LS. The aim is to draw attention to the need for political action on housing in London. The hustings get underway from 7pm.

Sam Gould, GMB Young London member said “The is the latest GMB demo as part of the 'Howl for Housing' campaign.

Rents are out of control in London, young people can’t even dream of buying their own home and we have a severe lack of council and social housing. The housing crisis is real and requires real action.

GMB Congress in 2014 adopted a major programme for housing and we want to see labour candidates committing themselves to that. See notes to editors for main points in GMB policy on Housing in report adopted by Congress 2014.

We are demanding potential London Mayoral candidates take this crisis seriously and begin to offer some bold solutions.

We in London need many more council homes, a living rent and proper regulation of landlords. Candidates for London Mayor need to hear this and that’s why we are demonstrating outside the hustings.”

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Contact: Sam Gould  GMB Young London 07735 487673 or Kamaljeet Jandu 07956 237178 or GMB press office 07921 2898880.

Notes to editors

Main points in GMB policy on Housing in report adopted by Congress 2014

Using expensive private sector landlords funded by taxpayers to provide houses for rent needs to be phased out.

The country needs a target for new build homes of 250,000 per year plus a minimum of 30,000 empty homes brought back into use. At least 80,000 of the target need to be in the social housing sector. This cannot be done without a major programme of council house building.

GMB Congress is calling for strategic changes in policy to deliver this ambitious target as follows:

  • All Housing Policy and resources for England focussed in one Whitehall Department
  • A long Term Plan to switch over 20 year Government support from Housing Benefit to New Build and improvement
  • Establishment of City Region level Housing Delivery Bodies with equivalent bodies in Devolved Administrations and for Rural Housing

GMB Congress also calls for action on specific policy areas as follows:

  • Halt the integration of Housing Benefit into Universal Credit
  • Integrate and Redirect Support Guarantee Schemes from Help to Buy to Help to Build
  • Fundamental Review of Social Housing ‘Affordable Rents’ Policy
  • Stalled Developments of over 6 months face sanctions or be transferred
  • Local Authority borrowing powers for housing to be redefined and the cap removed
  • Introduction of Housing Bonds for Local Authorities, Housing Associations and Developers of Affordable Homes
  • Start a Financial Conduct Authority Review of the Mortgage Market to achieve greater stability and equity
  • Start discussions with Pension Funds on commitments and regulation to direct capital into all forms of affordable housing
  • Start discussions with construction industry on shortages of finance, land and skilled labour and how to overcome them.
  • Compulsory Acquisition of Empty Homes
  • Regulation of Private Rented Sector
  • Changes to Planning Laws on land designation, mixed communities and social housing
  • Legislative Basis for Housing Commissions at City Region level
  • Separation of Regulatory and Funding Roles of HCA and establishment of an Affordable Homes Commission
  • Improved Building Regulation on Housing Design
  • Legislative Basis for Rural Housing Commission
  • Affordable Homes Commission and Rental Market Regulator
  • Housing Bank
  • New Towns

An incoming Labour Government will need to make affordable housing a central part of its economic and social strategy. Some of the strategic and institutional changes will take time to put into full effect but the intention needs to be clear from the start with an immediate emergency programme and legislative action from the first session of the new Parliament.”

 

 

 

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