A generation of Wallasey residents “priced out” of home-ownership? Cllr Adrian Jones asks some questions.
Increasingly, adults now have to remain in their parents’ home, for years longer than a generation ago, because rents are unaffordable.
So what did your Labour Council do about it?
• 200 “extra care” units have been provided – with demand for even more.
• Thousands of families and individuals have been helped to avoid becoming homeless.
• 1,200 empty properties have been brought back into use since 2010.
• 1,100 private rented sector homes have, since 2015, come under our Labour Council’s selective licensing scheme for private landlords – requiring acceptable standards.
But, under Tory governments, working people’s incomes are still in many cases far too low to pay high private rents, So, although they are in work, many families still qualify for benefits. These are not “scroungers” – they are low paid employees.
Yet £9Million goes, via benefits, to private-sector landlords because the Tory housing shortage drives house prices, and rents, sky high.
Can it be acceptable that full-time workers are still so low paid, under present British governments, that they need benefits to pay private rents?
Jeremy Corbyn, and Labour under his leadership, will establish a national investment bank, restore the UK house-building industry, provide affordable homes – and release that £9million for public housing investment. Instead of subsidising high rents it would be used to build new homes to be let at genuinely affordable rents.
21st January 2017
The “Conservative” Party opposed the creation of the NHS in the first place, long ago in the 1940s, when a great Labour government introduced it. The whole purpose of the NHS was to save working people “by hand or by brain” from the fear and indignity of poverty whenever a family member became seriously ill, or injured. Before Labour created the NHS medical treatment was sold like any other commodity, and doctors were compelled to act as businesses. Then Labour introduced free health care at the point of delivery paid for out of the National Insurance Scheme. It quickly became the envy of the civilised world.
Labour will continue to resist attempts to hive off great chunks of it for private “health care” companies to extract private profits from the misery of illness.
16th December 2016
As Christmas approaches, and a New Year, we reflect on the sight we see in any of our major cities as homelessness has increased since the Tories won power in 2010.
How hollow the slogan of the Tory/LibDem Collaboration government’s promises were and their slogan: “We’re all in this together.”