Tuesday 6 March 2018 / 10:33 AM Housing

Melanie Onn responds to rise in the number of empty homes for first time in 9 years

Melanie Onn MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister, responding to the rise in the number of empty homes for the first time in 9 years, said:

“Empty properties are a blight on neighbourhoods, a waste of much needed homes and a sign of Government failure. It’s simply unacceptable that the number of empty homes is rising and that there are over 200,000 long-term vacant homes while homelessness is also on the rise.

“Labour in Government allocated over £300 million a year to bring empty homes into use, particularly in the North and the Midlands, but the Conservatives cut all funding after 2010.

“Labour will allow councils to charge a 300 per cent empty-homes premium on properties that have been empty for more than a year and reverse the Conservatives’ weakening of councils’ powers to introduce empty dwelling management orders to bring homes back into use.”