A generation of Wallasey residents “priced out” of home-ownership? Cllr Adrian Jones asks some questions.

“The UK is one of the richest nations on Earth.  Yet during the tenure of recent Tory governments is our children’s generation to be the first to  expect lower life-time earnings than their parents?

“The UK is one of the richest nations on Earth. Yet under recent governments our children’s generation is the first to expect lower life-time earnings than their parents.

Millions of decent, hard working, adults now earn too little to hope to buy a home of their own as house prices rocket out of reach. The shortage of publicly provided housing, leads inevitably to the gap being filled by (often high-rent) private accommodation. When Labour won control of Wirral Council in 2012 what was unearthed? There are highly responsible private landlords who provide a much needed service – but the overall picture is perhaps less rosy. Far too many privately rented homes failed to meet acceptable standards – and many were inadequately heated.
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.

Jeremy Corbyn promises that this £9million of public money would be rescued to provide 'new build' affordable homes for rent.

Jeremy Corbyn promises that that £9million would be rescued to provide ‘new build’ affordable homes for rent.

Labour defending the NHS .

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.

All over the UK people were demonstrating today, just as your Labour (and ONLY Labour) Councillors and members were in Liscard shopping Centre.

All over the UK people were demonstrating today, just as your Labour (and ONLY Labour) MPs, Councillors and members were in Liscard shopping Centre.

“Rough sleeping doubled since the Tories came to power”

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.

Cllr Adrian Jones reports

Cllr Adrian Jones reports

During the Labour governments, immediately before that, rough sleeping rates had fallen by 75% – reports Lamiat Sabin today. Commenting on the crisis Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister, John Healey, said: “With 10 days to go before Christmas, a record number of homeless people are sleeping on our streets, in shop doorways, and on park benches. More than 100,000 children will spend Christmas Day in temporary accommodation, children with no home, young live scarred by insecurity and impermanence.”
How hollow the slogan of the Tory/LibDem Collaboration government’s promises were and their slogan: “We’re all in this together.”
A common silght in major towns and cities.  And the Tories claim "We're all in this together".

A common silght in major towns and cities. And the Tories claim “We’re all in this together”.