Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has urged the Government to step up the building of council homes, following new research on current build rates.
New Labour analysis shows at the current rate of building of council and social homes, it will take over 130 years to house all 1.1 million people on council housing waiting lists.
Over the last three years for which there are figures, an average of 2,123 council homes have been build, whilst 6,374 homes for social rent have been built. That’s a total average of 8,497.
There are 1,114,477 household on local authorities’ waiting lists.
1,114,477 divided by 8,497 equates to 131 years to house everyone on council waiting lists.
In Labour’s last year in power we built 33,491 homes for social rent. That compares to just 6,434 homes built this year.
The failure to build social homes has hit the hopes of local people too. In Tameside and Stockport the number of social homes built in 2010/11 was 80 compared to just 18 in the last financial year for which there are figures – 2017/18. In the two boroughs, there are 9,903 households on council housing waiting lists.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“It is clear that the Conservatives have no plan to fix the crisis in affordable housing.
“After nine years of Tory failure, affordable homes have never been so badly needed, but instead communities are seeing the number drop.
“The next Labour government will stop the conversion of social homes into more expensive housing and build a million low-cost homes, the majority for social rent.”