It’s quite simple. We need to build more social housing (this is still sometimes known as council housing).
Why is this something we feel passionate about?
There are many reasons, but a key one is because people in our key services often can't afford to live in the area or struggle to do so. We all rely on these workers (many of us are these workers) and we need to make sure they can afford to live and work in the area.
Housing labelled ‘affordable’ often isn’t, so this isn't a solution to our problem.
In Waverley the barrier to building social housing, usually, is land availability. If we were elected, we we would set up a group at the council specifically tasked to seek out potential opportunities for investment in social housing that the council would then build directly. Once we've done this, we can get on with actually building it.
We know that the amount of people on the local housing register (people that are waiting for social housing) actually isn't a true representation of the number of people that really need it and we also know that nowhere near enough are being built to meet that demand. If the council is to invest it should invest locally and in something both worthwhile to our residents and to our wider economy.
If you vote for us on 2nd May, you will be voting for a group that will challenge the current council policy on social housing and fight for more to be built.