Confront bad landlords and tackle homelessness
Far too many people live in substandard accommodation and face the prospect of paying unsustainable rents or finding themselves on the streets with little to no recourse for social housing. A Labour government would cap increases to ensure rents did not rise faster than inflation and enhance renters’ rights. Crucially, Labour would build more genuinely affordable houses – 100,000 council & housing association homes per year.
By building more homes, both in the private and public sector, we can make renting and home-ownership genuinely affordable and provide stable environments for the most vulnerable in our society. We can also do more to tackle the causes of homelessness by reversing the massive funding cuts to local authorities and the third sector, both of which are on the front line and trying to support people with ever decreasing resources.
Stopping the cruel and arbitrary practice of benefit sanctions and making sure we have adequate access to mental health services, support for addiction and early intervention will go a long way in the fight to keep people off the streets.