UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Labour only tinkering with edges on social housing says Teather

Press Release   •   Jan 21, 2010 10:29 GMT

“We can only start to solve the housing crisis by investing serious money," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Housing Minister.

Commenting on today’s Government announcement of extra funding for choice based lettings schemes, Sarah Teather said:

“After years of ignoring social housing, the Government’s neglect is strangling the job market.  But a few house swaps is not going to deal with the misery faced by millions of families stuck on housing waiting lists.

“People don’t want a house swap with someone on the other side of the country, they need a home where they already live and have family and work connections.

“As usual, Labour and the Conservatives are tinkering at the edges of the problem rather than taking radical action to improve things.

“We can only start to solve the housing crisis by investing serious money.  A £1.4bn empty homes fund would bring a quarter of a million problem properties back into use, and create much-needed jobs in the construction industry.”