Lib Dems announce plans to address housing shortage in Vauxhall


The Liberal Democrats have announced plans to address the housing shortage in Vauxhall and build more affordable homes.

In 2016 there were 18,792 families in Lambeth on a waiting list for council homes, up from 17,076 the year before.

In addition, official figures show 756 homes in Lambeth have been empty for more than six months.

George Turner, the Liberal Democrat candidate in Vauxhall, has long campaigned for better, more affordable housing in Vauxhall and London.

He said: “Despite thousands of new homes being built in Lambeth the Labour run council and the development community have comprehensively failed to deliver the kind of housing we need.

“It is high time that government stepped in to address the severe shortage of good quality, affordable housing in our borough.”

The Liberal Democrats would introduce a legal requirement for smaller housing developments to include affordable homes, make it easier for local authorities and housing associations to borrow money and set up a new government-backed Housing and Infrastructure Development Bank.

The party would allow local authorities to hike up council tax on empty homes by up to 200%, including second homes. Local authorities could also choose to impose penalties on developers who leave plots of land empty for over 3 years, to tackle so-called land-banking.

George has an outstanding track record on fighting for the housing the constituency needs.

As a journalist he has exposed the activities of rogue landlords ripping off the housing benefit budget and how developers have broken their commitments to build affordable housing. Read more about his record here.

Read Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron on why he is passionate about tackling Britain’s housing crisis.

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