Tory Housing Crisis

LHC_leaflet_front.jpgThe Tories are out of touch, and you're out of pocket.

The Tories have caused a housing crisis in London.

  • House building is at the lowest level since 1924

  • London rents are rising at 10% a year

  • Home ownership in London is falling

  • The average age of a first time buyer is now 38

  • The average London rent is now more than half of the average London income

  • More than 55,000 Londoners have been hit by the Bedroom Tax

  • The Tory Mayor of London is missing his own targets for building new affordable homes

Tackling the housing crisis is Labour’s number one priority in London

 Labour councils will tackle London’s housing crisis

  • Build more genuinely affordable homes
  • Tackle rogue landlords and rip-off letting agencies
  • Build more homes for London’s growing population
  • Bring empty homes back into use
  • Create jobs and apprenticeships in the building industry
  • Labour will repeal the Bedroom Tax 

UPDATE: Labour will make renting more affordable and secure

Ed Miliband has launched Labour’s plan to make renting more affordable and secure. We will change the law to ban letting agencies from charging tenants fees of up to £500 and make renting more secure and affordable.

Tenants will be allowed to stay in their homes for up to three years if they choose to and we will cap the amount rents can increase by over this period. Our plans will make life easier for the millions of Londoners who rent – you can read more about it here

Sadiq Khan, Labour’s Shadow London Minister, said:

The housing crisis is the biggest challenge facing London today. Home ownership is out of reach for all but the very wealthiest, rents are rising fast and overcrowding is getting worse. London desperately needs more homes. Labour will tackle the London Housing Crisis in Westminster and in Town Halls in London. We will build more affordable homes, tackle rogue landlords and create jobs in the construction industry. Londoners who want to tackle the London Housing Crisis should vote for a Labour Councils at the local elections in May.

Sign our petition and support our campaign:

"The Tories remain out of touch and are leaving Londoners out of pocket, I support Labour’s action to tackle London’s housing crisis."

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signed 2016-05-25 12:53:30 +0100
I live in a social housing property in Kensington and Chelsea, I’m faced with the prospect of Pay to Stay when it comes in. I’m getting married this year and hope to create a family and life for myself. I’ve worked hard to get where I am now and don’t earn an amazing wage. My household income (fiancé and myself) will be £15k over the annual threshold and I’m afraid how this will impact my ability to save to start a family, and what will happen when children do actually come into the scene and how I will cope. At the moment, we don’t live a luxury life, we get by. I’m scared for my future.
signed 2016-04-11 21:52:58 +0100
deposit rising faster than the rate I can save, and I’d never afford the mortgage anyway, more than half of my income on rent…miserable. And yet more and more luxury developments all around me
signed 2016-03-23 12:33:48 +0000
The pay to stay policy will shatter established community networks force people out of their homes in which they formerly felt secure and have an emotional and financial commitment to . Many married low paid women who second incomes bring their household incomes up to 30000 will probably cut their hours , possible resulting in a shortage of carers etc and loss key workers in expensive areas!! Also it is very unpleasant that out of touch millionaires who have 2nd homes paid for out of the taxes of hard working tenants they wish to persecute !! The point is that secure homes are kept artificially high due to a shortage and housing benefits !
signed 2016-03-15 21:48:52 +0000
Well let’s see. I’m a thirty three year old teacher, living at home with my mum in a tiny one bedroom flat, trying to scrape together a deposit (whilst working fifty hours a week). This may not mean much to others, but to me it means I’m thinking about leaving this city. London is dying a slow Tory death and I won’t have it take me down with it.
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signed 2016-03-15 11:28:02 +0000
I was in supported housing which was a terrible nightmare, poorly managed then returned to live with relatives in an overcrowded house! I been applying for housing for years, not much fun sofa surfing!
signed 2016-02-11 00:19:11 +0000
The pay to stay plan is scarying me its all I can think off. Basicly anyone working will be affected as the min wage of £7.20 earnt by two people is over the £30k “high income” I’m either not going to be able to feed my children or have to move away give up my job and take my children away from there family :( peoples incomes are not disposable people have loans debts bills childcare to pay. We should be praised for working and not claiming benefits as that’s the right thing to do isn’t it? The rent of a 2 bed flat in my area is £1350 per month and I can’t afford it I’m so scared
signed 2016-01-22 13:36:59 +0000
the pay to stay consultation for council tenants will price me out of my home at 40000 living in london before deductions
posted about this on Facebook 2016-01-10 18:49:55 +0000
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@suchaladylally tweeted link to this page. 2016-01-10 18:49:51 +0000
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signed 2016-01-10 18:48:04 +0000
It is hard for me to get back on my feet after living abroad as a volunteer. I am living with my mother currently and am stalling with my life due to a lack of affordable housing in cities
signed 2016-01-01 20:26:50 +0000
posted about this on Facebook 2015-11-03 23:04:29 +0000
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signed 2015-11-03 23:04:02 +0000
signed 2015-11-02 15:47:58 +0000
I would like to tell people what it is like, for me, to be a sick and disabled woman living in a rabid Thatcherite council with an ineffective, local government Blairite opposition to it.

My experience of Thatcherite Wandsworth Council doesn’t begin here but it is where I am going to begin because it’s an important place for me to: Last winter my son was seriously ill with brittle asthma from the mould and the damp in the Wandsworth Council flat I rent. I rent a council flat because I have to because private landlords are reluctant to accept my tenancy because I’m in receipt of housing benefit.

My son was ill because the sitting room walls of this council flat, this little flat of horrors, with visitations of plagues on a scale of biblical proportions, were black with mould. Underneath the mould was artex (which contains asbestos) which had begun to peel and flake but which the council refuses to either remove or seal in.
I knew I had to clean the walls and throw most of my possessions in this room away which were colonised by the mould or my son’s brittle asthma may become fatal. However, I have multiple chemical sensitivity which had caused me to have a severe, allergic reaction to mould wash previously so I daren’t request the council apply one again but knew I had to somehow clean the mould from the walls and discard as many mouldy possessions as I could do without in the process.

But I couldn’t. I have M. E., hypothyroidism, untreated diabetes and high blood pressure. My hypertension and diabetes is untreated because the NHS will not fund expensive, additive free diabetic or hypertensive medication for me which I require due to multiple chemical sensitivity. The NHS will also not treat the multiple chemical sensitivity and I cannot walk due to severe oedema caused by electro-sensitivity.

Thankfully, I have additive free thyroxine to treat my hypothyroidism which the prescription was administered for under a Labour Government. However, under a Tory Government, this, too, is now under threat because it is expensive.

My attempts to start cleaning the walls of the sitting room sitting on a stool with a mop and bucket caused met to, within minutes, become too ill and exhausted to do so. Consequently, in desperation, and believe me you have to be desperate to contact these people, I phoned up social services to ask for help. However, I was to be refused any help from this department including that of a social worker.

With no family or friends to help me, I then had no other choice but to keep trying and failing to clear all of the mould from this room because neither the housing nor the social services department would help me. As a result my son’s asthma deteriorated and, eventually, he had to attend A&E in acute respiratory difficulty.

After his attendance at A&E, he was once again prescribed additional steroids to help to control his asthma but, as a consequence of this medication, he then began to bleed from the nose and the mouth due to the amount of steroid he required in order to be able to breathe. He was, by this time, extremely ill and subsequently lost his new job after one day due to his ill health. But that pales into comparison when you consider that he was lucky to survive the winter at all.

A year later, all of the mould has still not been cleared from this room because I am still too ill to do it. Winter is setting in again and black mould is beginning to grow in all the rooms of the flat once more including the sitting room (as it does on the external brick walls of the block in winter). Despite all of this, my Thatcherite council and landlord is still trying to find excuses not to re-house my son and I with the explanation there are no empty properties available to do so and that the medical officer hasn’t decided if my son’s and my own health problems justify re-housing??

Instead, the council has reluctantly offered us 2 weeks in hotel accommodation whilst it does repairs to the flat. However, it still refuses to repair the artex which peels, flakes and contains asbestos.

However, because of the multiple chemical sensitivity I suffer with and the brittle asthma my son suffers with, we would not be able to live in the flat after such a short period of time would have elapsed from the applications of the many chemicals the council wants to apply to it in paint and fungicides. Yet despite this, the council still will not offer my son and I more than 2 weeks in hotel accommodation. Therefore, no repairs, including containment of mould, has or can be done.

This is just a new addition to years of negligence, harassment and bullying from Wandsworth Council’s Central Area Housing Team. Bullying and harassment which ranges from housing officers who knocked on neighbours’ doors and encouraged these neighbours, who had never complained about me in the past to the council, to do so; housing officers who lied to me about the asbestos results of tests for it in this flat and then refused to do repairs based on this deception; housing officers who issued me with a notice of possession because I banged once on my wall with my hand is response to an upstairs neighbour’s noise nuisance without any proof I even did so; housing officers who made false and defamatory statements about me; housing officers who rifled through my rubbish bags to read my personal mail; housing officers who tried to persuade my GP to allow them to have access to my medical records without my permission; housing offers who photographed my personal possessions and personal letters during a visit to my accommodation without any justification; an environmental technician, who visited me in my accommodation on behalf of the housing department, who stole my property from it; housing officers who failed to investigate harassment I had been subjected to from several of my neighbours; a housing officer’s illegal attempts to charge me £700 for a restraining order he intended to issue on the say so of a malicious neighbour’s false allegation; housing officers who refused to act on repeated sewerage floods from other neighbours’ properties into mine but only did so after the floods from the sewers began to affect another neighbour. …..the list goes on and on.

The Central Housing Area Team of this hang ‘em and birch ’em, Thatcherite Tory council has long waged a campaign of harassment against me for no other reason than the “crime” of being poor, sick and disabled.

A “crime” you are just one job loss, one illness, particularly an environmental illness, one car accident, one divorce, one crisis or one tax credit cut away from committing. And if you dare commit it then you go on their list. The list of the undesirables, the scroungers, the workshy, the idle and the parasites and you have to be got rid of. Just as my son and I are be got rid of.
signed 2015-11-01 20:28:45 +0000
signed 2015-10-21 11:36:36 +0100
signed 2015-10-20 13:22:34 +0100
signed 2015-09-27 16:00:26 +0100
signed 2015-09-04 16:26:40 +0100
I want to know about what Labour will do on the Pay to Stay proposals announced in the budget. I have no idea how I will afford market rates on the flat I rent in a housing co-op at present. This is a cause of tremendous anxiety for many people. We need to know what Labour is going to do about it
signed 2015-08-07 11:23:54 +0100
signed 2015-08-05 06:33:12 +0100
As a London council tenant in Camden earning around £40k, I will not be able to afford a home for my family under “Pay to Stay” I cannot afford to buy my flat (buying a council flat feels immoral to me, anyway), and if we move out of London to a home we can afford I will not be able to stay at my job. I don’t know what to do. I’m seriously considering taking my own life just so my family can get the lump sum from my pension scheme to buy a place and not have to be homeless. The fact that that is even crossing my mind terrifies me.
signed 2015-08-04 19:25:51 +0100
We Will never be able to own a property ever unless something is done to stop buy to let mortgages and stop multiple home ownership which will bring property prices back in line
signed 2015-07-27 18:35:29 +0100
signed 2015-07-21 15:14:23 +0100
signed 2015-07-11 10:25:32 +0100
signed 2015-06-17 23:43:00 +0100
signed 2015-06-15 08:33:57 +0100
I’m on a really good salary, but still have no way of saving for my own place after paying my rent and bills. With news that the average property is now selling for £600k in London and that the average rent is £1,500, something needs to be done….now.
signed 2015-05-14 10:52:22 +0100
I am shocked and appalled at the way in which people I care about are forced into substandard housing. I have nothing but rage at the Conservative government – they refuse to address the more pressing need for affordable housing, instead giving preferencial treatment to the advancement of high priced or luxury accomodation, out of reach for the average UK citizen.

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