167 years to clear housing waiting list in Wyre


Here in Wyre, the affordable homes for rent built for those in need last year was just 1 per cent of those needed – it would take at least 167 years to clear waiting lists at current rates. The Tory-led Government is making the housing crisis worse and new figures show nationally a collapse of nearly 50 per cent in the number of affordable home ownership properties built over the past year, compared with the last year of the last Labour Government.

In Wyre the housing waiting list currently stands at a staggering 3,343. 

Parliamentary candidate Cat Smith said that the next Labour Government will make tackling the housing crisis a national priority and give more help for small and medium-sized builders to get Britain building.

"Families in Fleetwood, and across Wyre, are desperate for appropriate housing. The next Labour Government will establish a new cross-government task force, to include all the major Whitehall departments, to drive a co-ordinated approach to increasing housing supply and tackling the housing crisis and introduce fast-track planning on small sites of less than ten homes.

“While the Tories say the housing market is back on track, the truth is they’ve presided over the lowest level of house building in peacetime since the 1920s. Now we learn that the number of affordable homes for aspiring first-time buyers has collapsed and at current rates it would take 167 years here to build the homes for those most in need. To say that is simply too long is to state the blindingly obvious. Wherever you are in the housing market, the Tories are failing you.

“Labour has set out the first serious plan in a generation for building homes at the scale and speed our nation needs. Our plan will see 200,000 homes built a year by 2020 so that everyone can have a decent home at a price they can afford.”

David Cameron’s failure is locking out thousands of families and young people from the housing market. The Tories are failing to stand up for the many people struggling to get an affordable home to rent and to buy.

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