HOUSING

The dismantling by both Labour and the Conservatives of public sector capacity in public housing is a historic mistake we must rectify.  An optimal Social Market frontier must be restored and respected.

POLICY PLEDGES:

  • A new council house building programme will be introduced involving the construction of 300,000 new council homes over 10 years which will house over one million people. 
  • All UK District, Unitary, County and London Boroughs will participate in the programme and Community Councils will not be excluded.  
  • Existing council and social housing tenants will continue to enjoy ‘right to buy’ opportunities in their existing homes.  However, ‘right to buy’ shall not apply to newly constructed Council Housing.
  • Council house stock as a percentage of total UK housing shall be increased over future parliaments.
  • New council housing will include a sufficient number of homes which are either specifically designed for, or fully modified, for the use of disabled citizens.
  • Local Authorities shall offer building trade apprenticeships to young people participating in the council house programme.
  • Large-scale new housing developed by private house-builders shall include new council housing as a component of planning gain. 
  • A new ‘luxury’ council tax band will be introduced on high value homes as well as an increased council tax levy on second homes.
  • Tackle homelessness via increased provision of supervised hostel places with support services relating to drug, alcohol and mental health issues.
  • Immigration policy shall be framed to take full account of its consequences on the rate of UK household formation and of housing policy in general.
The Common Good in the National Interest