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Building new homes a priority – Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister visits Carlisle

Emma Reynolds, Lee Sherriff and Les Tickner on the Raffles estate in Carlisle

Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister, Emma Reynolds today (30th March 2015) visited a housing association in Carlisle to talk about the party's vision for housing.

During the visit Emma Reynolds viewed new housing being built on the Raffles estate with Lee Sheriff, Labour’s candidate for the Carlisle seat.

The current Government has overseen the lowest peacetime level of housebuilding since the 1920s leading to a housing shortage. This shortage has led to an affordability crisis. Labour has pledged to get at least 200,000 homes a year built by 2020, providing up to 230,000 jobs in construction.

The affordable homes crisis has also cost the Government dearly; spending £25 billion more than planned on welfare as more working people relying on housing benefit to help make ends meet.

During her visit Emma Reynolds set out how the next Labour Government will build more homes, including badly needed affordable homes. Labour will make housing a bigger priority for capital investment and make better use of existing resources. Labour will introduce tougher requirements on developers to build affordable homes and give councils and housing associations greater flexibility to build more homes.

Lee Sheriff, Labour’s candidate for Carlisle said:

“There is a real housing crisis in this country and Cumbria is not immune from that. Many parents fear their own children will struggle to get a home of their own. It was great to see the regeneration on the Raffles estate today and be shown round the new homes. The Housing Association here has done some great work in revitalising this estate but I know we need to go further. I welcome Labour’s plans to build more homes including badly needed affordable homes.”

Emma Reynolds, Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister said:

“There is a real problem with housing and Carlisle is no different. We need to make sure that there are enough homes and that they are available and affordable for ordinary hard-working families.”

"Labour has a better plan to tackle the housing crisis. Labour will build more badly needed affordable homes, scrap the bedroom tax, give longer term stable tenancies for renters, and give local first time buyers priority on new homes areas of housing growth.

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