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Housing for the Many

Housing for the Many sets out our plan to change the country’s approach to affordable housing as part of a new national mission to solve the country’s housing crisis.

Whatever measure you choose, Britain’s housing system is broken. Homelessness is up by 50% since 2010, rough sleeping has doubled, and 120,000 children are without a home to call their own.

Home-ownership has fallen to a 30-year low and the average home now costs eight times the average annual salary. Social housing waiting lists rise while luxury flats stand empty, and thousands are living in homes unfit for human habitation.

This is a crisis. Current Conservative housing policy is failing to fix it, so the next Labour Government must.

Housing for the Many is the starting point in a conversation about how to fix our broken housing system so it works for the many, not the few.

Affordable Homes
Make Homes Safe

Affordable Homes

We will build one million new genuinely affordable homes over 10 years, and ensure every council every year builds or commissions Labour’s new affordable homes.

We will ensure every council every year builds or commissions Labour’s new affordable homes. We will hardwire Labour’s new affordable housing throughout the system, from housebuilding targets to investment priorities to planning rules.

We are making a 10-year commitment in Labour’s long-term plan for housing so this level of new affordable housebuilding is sustained across economic and political cycles. Big policy, financing, planning and legal changes will be required to establish a housing system fit to deliver these aims.

We propose to:

  • Define a new ‘affordable housing’ as linked to local income, and scrap the Conservatives’ so-called ‘affordable rent’ homes priced at up to 80% of market rates
  • Stop the sell-off of 50,000 social rented homes a year by suspending the right to buy, ending all conversions to ‘affordable rent’ and scrapping the Government’s plans to force councils to sell the best of their homes
  • Back councils and housing associations with new funding, powers and flexibilities to build again at scale
  • Transform the planning system with a new duty to deliver affordable homes, an English Sovereign Land Trust to make more land available more cheaply and an end to the ‘viability’ loophole that lets developers dodge their contribution to more affordable homes.

Make Homes Safe

Then the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire shocked the Nation. When a country as decent and well-off as ours cannot ensure something as basic as a safe home for all its citizens, things must change. Radical, root-and-branch change is required.

We propose to:

  • Make safe homes for all the very highest priority with sprinklers fitted in high-rise blocks and fire safety the first standard in a new Decent Homes 2 programme
  • End any institutional indifference or failure to respect tenants with new rights for affordable housing residents, including tenants on boards, consumer rights standards and a vote on estate regeneration schemes
  • Help make affordable homes a best choice not a last resort with new leading-edge standards on energy efficiency, design and smart tech
  • Promote security for families and stability for communities by scrapping the Government’s legislation to end long-term council tenancies.

We need you

Without your feedback, our mission to make housing work for the many, not the few would be impossible.

In section six of Housing for the Many, we propose sixteen questions.

Please send your responses via email to socialhousingreview@labour.org.uk

For the many, not the few

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