Faisal Rashid MP criticised the Department for Housing Communities and Local Government in parliament this week over its record on the provision of social housing in Warrington.
Despite rising levels of demand, the Government is building over 30,000 fewer social-rented homes each year than in 2010.
Central government funding for building new homes for social rent has also reduced, replaced in part by funding for construction of homes for affordable rent, with rents up to 80 percent of market rates.
Over the last nine years under the Conservative Government private rents have soared, and the Government has failed to step in to provide better rights for private renters.
Home-ownership is also down sharply for young people, with almost 900,000 fewer young homeowners since 2010.
Faisal Rashid MP said:
“After 9 years of failure under Tory Government, we have a huge shortage of affordable homes with over a million people on council house waiting lists across England.
“As demand vastly outstrips supply and the government fails to take action on land-banking, councils are pressured to build on Green Belt sites.
“These are unsustainable levels of demand. The Government must do more to ensure that this housing crisis is properly addressed.
“I have always supported efforts at the local council level to attach 30% of affordable housing to all new planning applications. I also support vastly increasing levels of social housing, but this is up to central government – they need to provide adequate funding to housing associations to build the social housing we so desperately need in my constituency. By any reasonable metric, the government’s record on this has been an abject failure.
“In Warrington South, between 2016-2017 a total of 138 two-bedroom properties were let through the social rent scheme. Around 1,100 families bid for these properties – a clear indication of the unsustainably low levels of affordable housing in our town.
“On Monday, I challenged Minister Kit Malthouse on this dismal record. His response was vague and unsatisfactory – typical of the complacency and incompetence which has characterised housing policy under this Tory Government.