Cllr Alan Hall has joined campaigners demanding more social housing and an end to the housing ’emergency’.
Radical action is needed now as according to Shelter – the housing charity – there is a housing crisis, where 120,000 children are homeless, 282,000 social homes have been lost in the last decade and 3.7 million private renters have been victims of illegal behaviour by a landlord or agent.
Cllr Alan Hall has signed a letter to the new Secretary of State, Michael Gove urging him to act now to:
- Improve the rights of renters by bringing forward an ambitious Renter’s Reform Bill to create a fairer renting system
- Build more homes people can afford by committing to more social housing and fixing the planning system to make developers deliver more
- Help people at risk of sleeping rough by funding the Everyone In initiative to protect people who are homeless this Winter
Without more social homes, the country won’t be able to escape the grip of the housing emergency. More people will become stuck in unaffordable, overcrowded, insecure housing – especially families and older people.
Government funding will be spent on helping the growing number of families cover the cost of unaffordable private rents through housing benefit, rather than investing in the bricks and mortar of new homes with guaranteed low rents.
Council housing at rents that people can really afford is needed now.
For too long ‘affordable’ has been misused as a term for rents. Social housing should be at traditional Council rents.
You can read the full letter here.Alan-Hall-letter_to_Michael_Gove-shelter-041021
Specialist housing advice is available and Shelter say that you can talk to an expert housing adviser if you’re in urgent need of housing advice at their helpline on 0808 800 4444
Shelter say you should use this line if:
You have nowhere to sleep, or might be homeless soon
You have somewhere to sleep, but nowhere to call home
You are/could be at risk of harm
Shelter’s helpline is open every single day of the year:
8am – 8pm on weekdays
9am – 5pm on weekends