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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My son, his partner and baby have to live in a poor flat [believe me there are worse] at £650 per month, with him on minimum wage and zero hours contract. He is a bright lad with a foundation degree and a caring nature.
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I’m 27 years old, I have 3 children who I love & care for very much, I live with my mother because no matter how hard I work, I cannot afford to live in my own place. This isn’t right at all, and it’s very embarrassing for me. I don’t want to be in my 30’s and still unable to have my own place. I desperately need help!
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My son and my lodger, who are in their 30’s, both in work but not earning enough to buy or rent in their home town – London (where they were both born and brought up.)

How can shared ownership help them when you can earn up to £80,000 and still be considered? I need my home back and they need their own home, Labour’s so right – the Tories remain out of touch, we all need to support Labour’s action to tackle London’s housing crisis.
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I am a UK university, couldn’t get a job that will pay my rent and have enough for my LPC. I graduated in 2010. The best I could get is a night concierge job with the Salvation Army, here in London. Take home is £1,200 per month. I need a two bed for myself and son, who is an undergraduate. The cheapest two bed property in London costs more than my entire wages. So, I am now looking to live in Gillingham and commute to work. Then the transport fare will consume what is left after paying £750 on rent. I have considered ending it all because of the poverty ravaging my life. But the effect on my son holds me back. It is just so obvious nobody cares. People like me just pay taxes. I have lived in London for 25years and this is all I have to show for it. Never mind the student loan repayment. Housing is the number one problem in my life right now.
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