(motion from UNISON Housing Association branch to the Greater London Regional Council AGM on Feb 1. If passed it could also be submitted to UNISON National Delegate Conference in June)
"The never ending UK housing crisis means that millions of workers and their families live in expensive, overcrowded and insecure homes.
- Subsidy should be redirected from housing benefit being paid to landlords to building public homes.
- Governments and councils must borrow to invest in a mass house building programme. Not only building homes but putting people back into work to build them and therefore pumping money back into the economy.
- An increase in the supply of public homes would help bring down the cost of home ownership and make this a real option once again in expensive areas.
- Not only should homes be well built, environmentally efficient, affordable and secure but to be in a decent condition. Public landlords including councils and housing associations must be accountable and democratic to all stakeholders including having a meaningful resident involvement and include the recognition of trade unions.