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Labour pledges to recapture 'post-war spirit' of housebuilding
10th March 2015

Emma Reynolds, Labour's Shadow Housing Minister, will tomorrow (Tuesday) warn that five more years of the Tories' failed plan will see the housing crisis grow day after day. She will set out a plan for the next Labour government to recapture the post-war spirit of building new homes.

In the Annual Sir Frederic Osborn Lecture to the Town and Country Planning Association, Emma Reynolds will argue that only Labour has a comprehensive plan to tackle the housing crisis and restore the dream of home ownership for the next generation.

She will say that the Tory approach to housing has been characterised by five years of empty announcements and that the country doesn't need more piecemeal gimmicks, half-baked schemes and a race to the bottom on standards, but a comprehensive plan to build the homes people need.

She will contrast the Tories' failed approach with Labour’s better plan for working people, which will get 200,000 homes built a year by 2020.

Labour's Shadow Housing Minister will point to new figures which show the threat of another five years of David Cameron.

On current trends, if the Tory-led Government's record is repeated until 2020:
  • Home ownership levels will fall to their lowest levels for 40 years with more than two in five people expected to rent.
  • Only one in five people under the age of 35 will own their own home, half of those who did so in 2010.

And she will outline Labour's plan to tackle the housing crisis by:

  • Making tackling the housing crisis a national priority; Giving local communities stronger powers to build the homes needed in the places people want to live;
  • Giving first time buyers priority access rights in new 'Housing Growth Areas';
  • Creating a major new role for local government in commissioning and delivering housing developments;
  • Building more affordable homes;
  • Increasing competition in the housing market and boosting small builders;
  • and Building a new generation of New Towns and Garden Cities.
You can read more information on the Labour Party website click here.
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