March 23, 2015

Homes cost a fortune, and rents are through the roof, because there are not enough homes for people.
Governments have been talking about building more homes for years. It hasn’t happened.
The Lib Dems are committed to building 3 million new homes in 10 years. We need a proper national building plan and government needs to invest or support investment.
Two changes in government policy are needed. First, that government at all levels – including B&NES – can borrow money to build new social housing. Second, that we build the skills infrastructure so that we have enough skilled people to build those 300,000 houses a year for at least the next ten years.
The Thatcherite experiment of leaving house building entirely to the private sector has failed. It has caused greater and greater social inequality and nearly all young people of today will never be able to afford their own homes – unless they are helped by their families.
I want a society where the opportunities for the younger generation are not determined by the wealth of their parents, but one in which you have the opportunity to get on in life, no matter where you start from or where you are at.


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