Friday 20 September 2019 / 12:05 AM Housing / John Healey

6% of homes built on sold-off public land will be for social rent – John Healey responds to NEF report

John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary, responding to new research showing only six per cent of homes built on sold-off public land will be for social rent, said:

“It’s shameful that the Conservatives are building so few genuinely affordable homes on former public land.

“If Conservative Ministers can’t even get enough low-cost homes built on land the government itself is selling, then there’s no hope that they can fix our country’s housing crisis.

“The next Labour government will ensure that public land is used for public benefit, setting up an English Sovereign Land Trust to spearhead our plan to build a million genuinely affordable homes.”

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Notes to Editors

  • New research published by the New Economics Foundation today (Friday) analyses official Government data to show that only six per cent of the homes built on sold-off public land will be for genuinely affordable social rent and that half (56 per cent) of the sold-off sites have plans that include no socially rented housing at all.
  • Labour’s plans for an English Sovereign Land Trust are set out here: http://labour.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Housing-for-the-Many-final.pdf.