John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary, responding to new affordable housing statistics showing that the number of government-funded social rented homes being built has fallen this year and down by 96% since 2010, said “This is a disaster for the more than one million people on council waiting lists. The government’s failure to tackle the housing crisis is now more obvious than ever.
“Deep cuts to investment mean the country is now building 30,000 fewer social rented homes each year than we were when Labour was in government. Households now have to pay higher rents, and as a result the housing benefit bill is higher too.
“After nine years of failure on housing, it’s clear the Conservatives have no plan to fix the housing crisis. They should back Labour’s long-term plan for a million new genuinely affordable homes, which will include the biggest council house building programme for nearly 40 years.”