About time. This will kill the Tory Bedroom Tax stone dead.
Labour is considering backing a mass public housebuilding programme on a scale not seen since the mid-70s.
John Healey, the former Treasury minister appointed by Jeremy Corbyn as shadow housing minister, will say on Monday that the state could build 100,000 new council houses and housing association homes a year to drive down the UK’s spiralling housing benefit bill and tackle the affordability crisis.
It would involve almost quadrupling the current number of affordable homes being built. Healey, who has previously said his priority is the decline in home ownership, proposes the homes should be for sale as well as rent.
Corbyn made housing one of the totemic issues in his campaign for the Labour leadership and he has since said it is a top three policy priority. The proposal, which is not yet official Labour policy, represents a marked change from Ed Miliband’s stance. He campaigned with a pledge to build 200,000 homes a year, without saying how many of those would be for private sale.
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