Rebecca Blake, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Redditch said “There is a housing crisis in Redditch. Not enough houses are being built, including too few affordable homes and the rented market is often too expensive and insecure. I wanted to show Emma Reynolds, Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister how a Labour Council are prioritising housing in Redditch by providing land for social housing, something local Conservatives voted against.
“Local people contact me with a variety of housing problems, it may be that they are struggling to save for hefty deposits, hindered by insecure work and wages that are too low, meaning many are living with parents into their 30s. Renting is expensive, letting agency fees can be a real barrier and too often people contact me who are overcrowded but cannot afford to upsize.
“We need a Labour government to build more quality homes, give more powers to local communities to get the houses needed and tackling the rent market. And a Labour government will prioritise building on brownfield sites”.
Work started yesterday on the former Hewell Road swimming baths site where Redditch Co Op Homes will build much needed bungalows, houses and apartments for rent.
Emma Reynolds said “This government has presided over the lowest levels of housebuilding in peacetime since the 1920s. Labour is committed to tackling this crisis by building more affordable homes, getting a fairer deal for private renters and abolishing the unfair Bedroom Tax.”
Last week there were 241 bids for just six council properties available to rent, in Worcestershire, Redditch saw the greatest increase in house prices at 11.3% compared to the county mean average of 4.9% and there are 4269 people in private rent.