Northamptonshire’s Labour leader calls for more homes to be built

Cllr John McGhee
Cllr John McGhee

Labour’s leader on Northamptonshire County Council says the Government has to do more to make home ownership a more realistic aspiration for working people.

Cllr John McGhee, who represents the Kingswood division in Corby and also serves on Corby Borough Council, also wants rents to be more affordable, and says the solution is to build new homes.

Labour says a housing shortage combined with rising bills is making rents increasingly expensive and putting homeownership out of reach for many working people.

Cllr McGhee said: “David Cameron failed to tackle the housing shortage which is central to his cost of living crisis.

“The housing market isn’t working because there simply aren’t enough homes around for young people and families that want to buy but are forced to rent. The Tory-led Government has done next to nothing to increase housing supply and is presiding over the lowest levels of house building in peacetime since the 1920s.

“As Leader of the Labour Party in Northamptonshire, I’m pleased that Labour nationally will tackle the housing crisis by increasing the number of new homes built to at least 200,000 a year by 2020, whilst also scrapping the cruel bedroom tax, which is driving so many families into rent arrears and puts them at risk of homelessness.”

The Government says its Help to Buy scheme, which allows people to buy a home worth up to £600,000 with just a five per cent deposit, has been a success since it was launched last year.