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Labour housing policy consultation exercise closes tomorrow

Tomorrow, June 8, is the closing date for submissions to the Labour Party’s latest consultation on housing policy: it is seeking comments from the industry and not only from party supporters.

Later in the summer submissions will be discussed at a party National Policy Forum before being submitted to the annual conference in the autumn where it may be voted in as official policy.

The consultation asks: 'How can we increase the number of affordable homes to rent and buy?' and in its prelude it criticises the current government claiming: "The Tories’ record on housing...was one of five years of failure, with rapidly rising rents, more homelessness, higher housing benefit spending and fewer homes built than in any peacetime period since the 1920s."

Questions in the consultation document include: ‘How can we help more young people and families on ordinary incomes buy a home?’, ‘What role is there for shared ownership or discounted homes to buy?’ and ‘What measures could support young people in particular to find an affordable home to buy?’

Details of the document and how to respond can be found here.

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