West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has called upon the Government to take action on the ongoing housing crisis.
MP Rosie, recognises the need for change for private renters as currently in the North West 33% of private renters are paying over a third of their monthly income on rent which is the equivalent to 194,000 households. The average private rents have also increased by £1900 a year compared to 2010. This decreasing the amount of people that are homeowners as they cannot afford to make a deposit on a home due to the Conservative’s definition of ‘affordable’ housing.
John Healey MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, has stated that:
“Millions of people are paying more than they can really afford in monthly rent, while new social housebuilding has dropped to the lowest levels since the Second World War”.
In the last year, the number of new social rented homes has fallen by 80% as fewer than 30,000 have been built. There has only been one year prior to this since the Second World War where more than 200,000 homes have been built and less than 80,000 of them have been council or housing association homes.
MP Rosie is also horrified that two years after the tragic Grenfell Tower fire, up to 60,000 people still live in tower blocks covered in the highly flammable ACM cladding.
Another troubling issue for MP Rosie was that over 120,000 children were recorded as homeless and in temporary accommodation which is a 70% increase since 2010.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has stated:
“The government need to take serious action as this is a national scandal. Their current action to date has been too weak, too slow and has overlooked many issues to do with private renting, council housebuilding, health and safety in homes and homelessness.
“It is evident that social housing has become far from affordable in recent years, as existing rents have risen and many new homes are let at higher, market-linked ‘affordable rents’. More than half of families currently living in temporary accommodation in England are in employment, demonstrating that ‘affordable rents’ are not, in fact, affordable for many working people.
“It is our belief that an ambitious social housing programme is fundamental to solving the current housing crisis and that this Government must take a leading role in directly commissioning social homes where the market fails to deliver.
“I will work with residents to ensure our voice is heard loud and clear in parliament.”