One of the main problems facing people in Britain today is the availability and cost of housing. Many people have told me that they are really struggling to buy or rent a property in the current market. They are anxious about the risks of losing their home and the lack of security in their leases. Many parents are worried also about the ability of their children to find and afford somewhere to live when they become adults.
Labour is committed to building 200,000 homes a year by 2020 if we form the next government. We will also regulate the private rental sector by banning ‘letting agent fees’ on tenants and legislating to make three-year tenancies standard for those who rent their homes in the private sector. We’ll act on unpredictable rent rises too by putting a ceiling on excessive rent increases during the period of these longer-term tenancies. I believe that a more stable rental market will be good for both tenants and landlords.
I’d like to hear what you think and about your current housing situation – whether you own or rent. I would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete this survey below and let me know what you thinking about housing in your area.
Corby Borough Council produce a very helpful regular newsletter for local tenants and leaseholders called ‘talkback’.
The Spring/Summer 2013 edition covers a wide variety of issues from green energy to useful information on the impact of welfare reform and advice of where to get support. It is a quick and easy to read guide on issues that could affect many tenants and residents in Corby.
You can download the guide here.
The Corby Bedroom Tax Protest takes place on Saturday 30th March. You can find a Facebook page about it here and follow the event before, during and after on Twitter using the hashtag
The Bedroom Tax, which comes into effect next month (on the same day income tax is cut for millionaires) will hit 1,512 households in Corby and East Northamptonshire.
Local people are working harder for longer hours, but they’re not seeing their disposable income increase.
So for the government to now take away £21 a week from some families is perverse, heartless and simply plain wrong. This is a large amount of money, especially when people face rising food, energy and fuel prices.
This is why I will be at the protest to talk to local people and help them raise their concerns about this government’s policies.
I have been helping residents appeal against the Bedroom Tax.
If you will be hit by the Bedroom Tax but think you have strong reasons for needing help Read the rest of this entry »