Jul 042013


We need more homes, in the right place and at the right place. That’s the simple message in this short video from the National Housing Federation.

  • In London the private rented sector has grown by more than 75% in the last decade and there are now more people living in private rented accommodation than there are in social housing.
  • The 800,000 private tenants in London pay their landlords over £13 billion every year and rents are rising far faster than inflation or pay – up 9% in 2012 alone.
  • The average rent in London is now £1,196 per month – more than the minimum wage (£990) and almost as much as the recommended “living wage” (£1,368).

We need homes for working people and those in need and a housing policy that works for ordinary people, not just the rich.

Take just a few minutes to watch the video, visit the Yes to Homes website and tell your local council that you want them to say yes to homes.




Jul 152012

The St Albans Labour Party has launched a campaign to increase the number of affordable homes built in the District. The campaign seeks to commit the council to return to the target, first set in 1994, of building at least 200 homes every year. There are a record 1,800 families on the waiting list for Council housing this year – a number that grew by 300 in 2o10.

The response of the Conservative leadership of the District Council to the growing crisis has been dangerously inadequate. Instead of working harder to help ordinary families in need of decent housing, they have made the decision to reduce the building target into just 100 affordable houses per year as part of their new Local Plan. It is a decision that threatens to blight the lives of families and our community for years unless they can be persuaded to change their mind. Continue reading »