Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

18/05/09 Local MP slams council for failing to provide homes

West Lancs MP Rosie Cooper has slammed West Lancs District Council for not doing more to help people who are trying to find houses.

There are currently 2,600 people on the waiting list to be housed in West Lancs, but in a Parliamentary Question this week, Rosie discovered that there are currently over 1,400 empty properties in West Lancashire, with more than 700 of these empty for over six months.

Calling on the district council to do more, Rosie said:

“Under legislation brought in by the Government in 2004, councils have the power to seize empty properties and put people in them but this clearly isn’t happening in West Lancashire. If they took over all of these empty properties they could halve the number of people on the housing register immediately."

“Yet instead, this council chooses to spend £600,000 on demolishing four houses to make way for their new multi-million pound town hall. I think they need to re-examine their priorities."

“The district council should be doing all it can to provide housing for local people. They have the power, what are they waiting for?”

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