Brighton & Hove Council is turning its attention to the severe housing challenges in the city. On the one hand it is asking for 40% affordable housing in every new development of 10 units or more and on the other it is talking to existing landlords and looking for ways to be more mutually supportive.
Young people in Brighton have not been earning enough money to contemplate buying their own homes. Labour's new policies launched on Monday 24 January could begin to alter this situation by enabling more young people to buy a stake in their first property
More than 23,000 homes in Brighton & Hove are privately rented, almost one fifth of the total number of homes in the city. The council plans to hold regular meetings between landlords, letting agents and council staff, who deal with private sector housing, to share information and to discuss how they can be more mutually supportive.
Brighton Pavilion MP David Lepper has spoken out in support of the new policies and of the council's efforts to make it easier for people to find an affordable home, "In Brighton and Hove there is a real problem for young people taking their first step towards getting their own home - whether renting or buying," said David.
"I welcome the fact that Labour is putting housing at the top of our agenda. We are providing more opportunities for home ownership and more choice.
"In Brighton and Hove the council is doing good work to bring empty properties back into use. Also the council's policy of 40% of new developments of ten units or more being at affordable rents or prices are helping despite the criticism of a perhaps out of touch planning inspector last year who said the proportion was too high.
However Keith Taylor, the Green Party's Principal Speaker, thinks the government is not doing enough. He said of Tony Blair’s statement, "It offers only scraps to homeless people, whose number has doubled to more than 100,000 since Tony Blair came to power, and to first time buyers who have been priced out of the market in much of the country."
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