Transforming Great Britain one home at a time is a monumental challenge. But Labour, is on this agenda through its policy by stepping up the need to build more homes as per demand. Labour’s housing policy involves doubling the amount of homes, and aid first time buyers in need. In response to the questions posted in the Labour video:
Do you agree that housing should be a priority for the next government?
Living on the streets is a difficult situation for many. When you are homeless, you have no means to keep you warm, or dry, given our unpredictable English weather. If you are lucky then day centres may be able to help you find some free items, such as sleeping bags, or shoes but there is no guarantee of it, although you can usually depend on them for cheap meals, food, and helpings of soups. You can have health issues, money problems, nowhere permanent to store your belongings and it could even grow unsafe. Even if homelessness isn’t an issue for you, there is also the pressing need to make everything more affordable. How can you expect to do that when there are no affordable homes left for you or there for you to build a home out of? So, yes, housing should be a priority for the next government, and it needs to be Labour’s priority next term, irrespective of the outcome of the general elections, this year, but I hope they win. I am rooting for Labour, to win, yes.
How else do you think we could tackle the housing crisis?
Building more affordable homes is a good way to meet this deficit demand. Families are finding it hard-pressed to make payments of mortgages, home ownership has become a slippery slope to climb on, because prices of homes now balance itself on that of being seven times of people’s incomes. This is adjacent to people’s hard work so there needs to be a greater investment to making a change, than previously. People need to not overstretch their budgets, by taking out huge mortgage loans that could prove itself difficult to pay off, in the long run. Private rented homes has become an easy substitute for this problem because they are cheaper, at least they appear to be. When you move in, however, you find having to come to terms with hidden fees, soaring rents without any plausible explanation, and eviction being a never-leaving worry. Majority of private rented homes in England do not meet the Decent Homes Standard.
Do you have personal experience of someone struggling to get on the housing ladder?
No, but housing is an issue for most university students, especially affordable housing. But that could just be them trying to come to terms with the student loan, or having difficulty managing their budgets. Overcrowding in homes should be a policy priority, which is an offset of providing affordable housing to people but personally, I have never witnessed anyone struggling as much to get onto the housing ladder, save for desires to live in a particular kind of student environment, maybe.