Councillor Katherine Dunne responds to Housing white paper

Housing White Paper sets out the government’s plans to reform housing market and boost the supply of new homes in England.

Published: Thursday, 9th February 2017

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Housing White Paper sets out the government’s plans to reform housing market and boost the supply of new homes in England.

Councillor Katherine , Cabinet Member for Housing, Hounslow Council, said: “The government’s white paper, whilst highlighting the fact that we are in the midst of a severe housing crisis, falls drastically short of the measures required to meet the demand for genuinely affordable homes that residents in Hounslow desperately need.

“Since 2014, we have made great strides to address the housing needs here in the borough. We have secured over 2,000 affordable homes with over half available for rent to social housing tenants at Local Housing Allowance level or below, with the rest being shared ownership or below-market rent.
 
“We have built more than 200 council homes, with hundreds more to be completed by 2018, and we are building on council-owned land to provide mixed-tenure developments and investing £54m in purchasing homes for local families to rent.

“Our ambitious housing programme must be matched by a government that is willing to meet the challenges of the housing crisis head-on.

“This means a lifting of the borrowing cap so that councils, like Hounslow, can directly fund and build more homes for local people, lifting restrictions on the use and retention of Right to Buy receipts, and dropping the proposal for a high value asset levy on local authorities, that could force councils to sell off thousands of council homes in London.

“These are just some of the areas that I will be reiterating to Government in the forthcoming consultations.”