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.
Figures I have received from Corby Borough Council and East Northants District Council show that over 1,500 households in Corby and East Northamptonshire are going to be hit by the bedroom tax.
The tax, which takes effect in April, will affect households deemed to have spare rooms in their homes. The government hopes this will encourage people to downsize, however there is a clear shortage of smaller accommodation in Corby and East Northamptosnhire.
Corby Borough Council estimate a total of 971 households to be affected. Of these, 239 tenants will be hit by the higher 25% deduction because they are deemed to be under-occupying by 2 or more rooms.
East Northants District Council estimate a total of 541 households to be affected. Of these, 90 tenants will be hit by the higher 25% deduction because they are deemed to be under-occupying by 2 or more rooms.
The bedroom tax is another hit on families in Corby and East Northamptonshire from an out-of-touch government. Read the rest of this entry »