Tory councils 'should build now'

8 April 2009

Grant Shapps

Shelter chief executive Adam Sampson has said that he is 'keen to see further detail on planned Conservative investment in housing' after a green paper released by Tory shadow Housing Minister Grant Shapps (pictured) acknowledged a shortage of homes.

Mr Sampson went on to call on Conservative councils to 'champion house building at a local level'.

The green paper includes measures designed to promote affordable housing, reward good social housing tenants and to 'build local homes for local people'.

Read more about the green paper on the Conservative Party website.

Adam Sampson said:

'The Conservative Party has rightly acknowledged that our systemic failure to build enough homes has resulted in the housing crisis we now face, and we welcome their strong commitment to build more affordable homes to address this. We are particularly keen to see further detail on planned Conservative investment in housing to see exactly how this increase in supply will be delivered.

'Shelter recognises that there is a need to make it easier for social housing tenants to move, for example to pursue job opportunities, and we welcome the intention of supporting mobility for social tenants. However, with 1.8 million households currently on council housing waiting lists, the top priority from all political parties must be to deliver the social rented homes this country so desperately needs.

Mr Sampson added; 'More social homes will not only provide better choice for existing tenants but also give people trapped on waiting lists the chance of a decent, affordable home.

'Given the severity of the housing crisis, we urge Conservative councils around the country to champion house building at a local level to ensure we start building now.'