Election Special – Labour Housing and Planning Policy

April 28, 2015 4:10 pm Published by

Our Election Special series of newsletters outlines the housing and planning policies of the three main parties.

This week: The Labour Party

Housing policy includes:

  • Build at least 200,000 new homes a year by the year 2020, providing up to 230,000 jobs in construction
  • Create a £5 billion ‘Future Homes Fund’ to build homes local people need and give local first-time buyers priority
  • Build more affordable homes by prioritising capital investment in housing and reforming the council house financing system
  • Make stable 3 year tenancies the norm and put a ceiling on excessive rent rises
  • Ban rip-off letting agents fees
  • Abolish the Bedroom Tax
  • Establish a national register of private landlords to drive up standards in the private rented sector
  • Allowing local authorities to recycle savings made in the housing benefit bill to invest it in building homes

Planning policy includes:

  • Backing small builders through the ‘Help to Build’ scheme
  • Giving councils greater powers to charge higher council tax on empty homes
  • Unblock the supply of new homes by giving local authorities ‘use it or lose it’ powers over developers that land bank sites with planning permission
  • Deliver a new generation of Garden Cities

Read the original newsletter here

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