UNISON has launched a Housing manifesto. Over 1 million people are waiting on the housing list in England alone. While only 6500 social rented homes were built in 2017/18.
Do the maths.
60% of the housing budget goes on supporting home ownership (and massive profits by house builders).
In Newham 48% of families live in poverty after their housing costs are taken into account.
UNISON is calling for:
- a national house-building programme to construct 340,000 new homes a year, including 150,000 for social rent;
- a new definition of affordable housing, linked to people’s incomes rather than market rents;
- an end to the loss of social rented homes through schemes such as right to buy, which has already been ended in Scotland and Wales;
- welfare reforms so families are properly supported to meet their housing costs;
- a system which ensures no loss of social housing in regeneration schemes;
- a new ‘consumer regime’ in housing to raise standards and make homes safe, post Grenfell;
- affordable and stable private rents, permanent tenancies and an end to no-fault evictions;
- investment in the housing workforce to deliver a well-funded and resourced housing service.