As detailed in the City Council’s Budget proposal plans for 2018/19, over the past two years, Peterborough has seen a 200% rise in demand, regarding homeless households in the city.
This has meant that the council is supporting 328 families in temporary accommodation, creating a rising budget pressure of £1.7 million in 2018/19, expected to rise to £5.7 million over the next couple of years.
After 17 years of failure, the Conservatives in Peterborough still have no plan to fix the housing crisis.
“Homelessness is not inevitable in a country as decent and well off as ours. This problem can be solved, but it demands a new national will to do so.” – Cllr Darren Fower
Since 2010, house building has fallen to its lowest level since the 1920s, rough sleeping has risen every year, rents have risen faster than incomes, there are almost 200,000 fewer home-owners, and new, affordable house building is at a 24-year low.
- We need a City Council that will make the building of new homes, including council homes, a priority!
- We need a City Council that will ensure that local plans address the needs of local people, at present the Tories at the Town Hall still go against and contradict their own previously agreed policies, it’s bizarre!
I also believe we need to make ownership of land more transparent.