Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has vowed that the Labour Party will provide ‘a decent home for everybody’
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Making his inaugural speech as party leader at the Labour conference in Brighton today (29 September), Corbyn said housing was a ‘top priortity’ for the party.
During the hour-long speech, he slammed the Conservative party’s ‘failure’ to address the housing crisis.
‘Nowhere has the Tory failure been so complete and so damaging. In the last parlaimanet at least half a million fewer homes were built than were actually needed. Private rents are out of control. The chance of owning a home is a distant dream for young people’, Corbyn said.
The newly-elected Labour party leader reinforced his plans to reinvigorate a council housebuilding programme, which was originally contained in his manifesto when campaigning for the leadership role.
Corbyn, said: ‘There is no answer that doesn’t start with a new very large council housebuilding programme with new homes that are affordable to rent and buy.’
He added: ‘We need new ideas to tackle land hoarding and speculation. These are issues that are so vital to how this country moves forward. I want a kinder more caring politics that doesn’t tolerate more homelessness and more upheaval for families in temporary accommodation.’
His speech came after shadow housing minister John Healey announced the party was launching an independent review into the housing crisis.
Healey said he wanted to think ‘bigger and bolder’ about how to tackle the housing crisis.
Healey referred to a report released on Monday which claimed up to 100,000 new council and housing association homes could be built each year by 2020 if public spending was increased to the same levels as 2009-10 – the last year of the last Labour government.
The 100,000 homes a year target was reiterated by Corbyn who claimed the country would profit from the drive because the housing benefit bill would fall as a result.