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Key housing policies in the main party manifestos

In a country obsessed with bricks and mortar, housing policies are a key component of party manifestos. As the General Election fast approaches, we take you through the three main parties' pledges.

In a country obsessed with bricks and mortar, housing policies are a key component of party manifestos. As the General Election fast approaches, we take you through the three main parties’ pledges.

Conservatives

The conservatives are pledging ‘homes for all’. This entails:

  • - Delivering 1,000,000 homes by the end of 2020 as per their 2015 commitment.
  • - Delivering another 500,000 homes by the end of 2022.
  • - Freeing up land for new homes in the areas that need them most.
  • - Encouraging modern construction practises to quicken the build time of new homes.
  • - Providing councils with power to intervene with developments when issues arise.
  • - Introducing new fixed-term social housing that will give tenants the right to buy after a period of 10-15 years.
  • - Utilising the above profit to reinvest in new properties.

Labour

Labour are guaranteeing secure homes by the following:

  • - Building 1,000,000 new homes by 2022, including at least 500,000 council homes.
  • - Introducing rent control and a private tenants’ rights charter.
  • - Making sure properties in the private rented sector are up to a national standard.
  • - Increasing access to affordable home ownership.
  • - Ending Right to Buy and reversing other measures within the Housing and Planning Act.
  • - Building new homes in both rural and urban areas.
  • - Opposing the The Bedroom Tax, ‘Pay to Stay’ principle and benefit caps.

Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats are looking to building ‘more and better’ homes, this involves:

  • - Building 300,000 new homes a year.
  • - Ensuring 500,000 affordable, energy efficient homes are built by 2022.
  • - Creating at least ten new Garden Cities in England with zero carbon homes.
  • - Setting up a British Housing and Infrastructure Development Bank to provide capital and attract finance for housing projects.
  • - Introducing mandatory landlord licensing and allowing tenants access to a database of rogue landlords and letting agents.
  • - Establishing Help to Buy and Rent to Own schemes.
  • - Increasing council tax on second homes and empty properties owned as investment vehicles by overseas buyers.

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