Labour-run Southwark Council has sold or demolished more than 3,000 council homes. Between 2018-22 they built just 166 new council homes (missing their target by a whopping 83%). At the same time, the number of empty homes and second homes has blighted our community, with council owned blocks such as Maydew House by Southwark Park lying empty for almost a decade.
The Liberal Democrats have a plan to tackle the housing crisis:
We will provide homes for local people. Our diverse communities can’t thrive if they are priced out of the borough. Liberal Democrats would accelerate delivery of new council homes and ensure 50% of homes in private developments are affordable. We will also stand up for residents trapped by the cladding scandal.
- Half the new homes to be genuinely affordable. We will require developers to provide 50% genuinely affordable homes on all private developments.
- Bring council homes back into use. We will expand and accelerate the council’s buyback scheme for council housing and bring empty homes back into use.
- Act urgently to tackle disrepair on estates. We will introduce a dedicated complex repairs team to deal with disrepair, mould and damp in Southwark’s housing.
- End the building safety crisis. We will support residents caught up in the building safety crisis and boycott developers or housing associations that have not taken action to support affected leaseholders.