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Political parties reveal plans on housing ahead of General Election


The next General Election will take place on Thursday 8thJune and the main parties have now revealed their manifestos – and plans for housing – should they be elected to run the country.

Labour has pledged to invest to build over a million new homes. By the end of the next Parliament they say that they will be building at least 100,000 council and housing association homes a year for genuinely affordable rent or sale.

The party also says that they will establish a new Department for Housing to focus on tackling the crisis and to ensure housing is about homes for the many, not investment opportunities for the few.

Meanwhile, the Conservatives are promising a “new generation” of social housing will be built in England if they win the general election – and say it will be paid for out of existing budgets. They also want to make it easier for councils to purchase derelict land for new rented housing projects with Defence Secretary Michael Fallon saying that the money will come from £1.4bn already set aside for infrastructure spending.

The Liberal Democrats have set an ambitious target of increasing the rate of housebuilding to 300,000 a year – almost double the current level. They believe that these new houses must be sustainably planned to ensure that excessive pressure is not placed on existing infrastructure. To do this they pledge to build homes to fill the gap left by the market through a government commissioning programme to build homes for sale and rent – and ensure that half a million affordable, energy-efficient homes are built by the end of the Parliament.

In addition, the Lib Dems have committed to creating at least ten new Garden Cities in England; set up a new government-backed British Housing and Infrastructure Development Bank and end the Voluntary Right to Buy pilots.

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