General election 2017: Labour pledges to build 1m new homes


Employees has pledged to build a million new homes over five years, if its take first prize ins power at the general election.

Party leader Jeremy Corbyn revealed half of the homes built would be council and housing association living quarters which would be “for rent and totally affordable”.

Labour said acts showed its councils had built more homes than Conservative ones since 2010.

The Right-wingers said they had a “clear plan” for affordable housing and Labour’s systems were “uncosted”.

‘For the many’

With six weeks to go before election day, Mr Corbyn reaffirmed his bloc’s housing pledge on a visit to the Conservative-held seat of Harlow, saying: “We long for our country properly housed.

“We want our young people growing up with insurance so they can achieve more in school and college and go on to university, because this plebiscite is about the future and removing that sense of insecurity that so assorted face.

“We are for the many. They are for the few.”

Labour councils have built on mean 2,577 new homes between 2010 and this year, compared with 1,679 in Conservative-led territories, according to a Labour-commissioned study of House of Commons library analysis.

It registered Liberal Democrat councils performing slightly worse than the Tories, edifice on average 1,660 new homes.

But challenged over housing at prime padre’s questions on Wednesday, Theresa May said that more council dwelling had been built under the Conservatives than under the last Slavery government showing the Conservatives were “delivering on housing and delivering for general working families”.

The government says it has measures in place to boost the swarms of affordable homes.

Following Mr Corbyn’s comments, Conservative Party Chairman Sir Patrick McLoughlin utter: “Yet again, Jeremy Corbyn’s uncosted policies demonstrate what’s at chance at this election.

“Under Theresa May, we have a clear plan to extricate more affordable housing – and the number of housing starts is up by three-quarters since 2010. But that make all come to an end with Jeremy Corbyn in charge of our Brexit negotiations, conveying grave risk and uncertainty to the British economy.”

‘Lost confidence’

Troubled Housing spokesman John Healey earlier said Labour assemblies in power were helping people to get that first foot on the gear ladder, building super-efficient homes in Exeter and “genuinely affordable” homes in Islington, north London.

Implored whether Labour’s approach to house building was through councils, Mr Healey distinguished BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “You have to have councils building and commissioning new expert ins as part of a much bigger effort from housing associations, non-public house builders and councils.”

Mr Healey, a housing minister in Gordon Brown’s command, said that decades of missed housing targets was a “test that all us as congresswomen have to meet”.

“It’s no good announcing big figures and targets. People have in the offing lost confidence in that.

“We have got to show not just what we desire to do, but how we will do it and how we will fund it.”

House prices in England and Wales sire risen 259% between 1997 and 2016, according to the Office for Chauvinistic Statistics, while average earnings have risen only 68%. Severely ownership in England is at its lowest level since 1985, according to the sway.

In February, a government White Paper on the state of the housing market in England prominent it was “broken” set out plans to build more affordable houses and help people buy and fee.

The housing strategy for England included giving councils powers to pressurise developers to start construction on land they own.

Ministers also pledged to make renting sundry “family friendly” with longer tenancies offered.

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