Labour delegates back 150,000 social rented homes pledge

Delegates at the Labour Party conference have called for the delivery of 150,000 social homes per year, with 100,000 being constructed by councils.

They also proposed ending Right to Buy, which has contributed to a lack of social housing stock.

Meanwhile they called for a right to adequate housing to be enshrined in law, as well as a ‘housing first’ system to be established to end homelessness.

The UK currently has an obligation under international law to ensure citizens enjoy a human right to housing, but it’s thought having a domestic law would help eradicate homelessness.

These motions are not automatically Labour policy, with the National Policy Forum body deciding what goes into the next manifesto.

Delegates also passed an emergency motion introduced by the Fire Brigades Union to “hold ministers and contractors to account” after the Grenfell Tower fire.

At the party conference Labour shadow housing minister Lucy Powell called for “a massive increase in council and social homes, fit for all ages.”

She went on to pledge to set up a Building Works Agency to fund building repairs after the Grenfell Tower disaster.

She spoke up against foreign hedge funds buying property off plan, saying Labour will give first-time buyers first dibs on new developments.

Meanwhile she hit out housing being treated as an investment rather than a place to live.

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