Prioritising Affordable Homes
The Labour Party believes that access to high quality, affordable housing is a fundamental right and not a privilege. Our Labour Councillors across Lincolnshire are committed to ensuring that housing is affordable. As such, priority will be given to bringing redundant buildings back into use and working in partnership with the City Council and local developers to deliver enough homes to meet demand.
We believe that by bringing vacant housing stock back into use and encouraging ‘build to rent’ schemes, more people will have the opportunity to either rent or own their own home. We will also work to ensure that developers of higher value properties in Lincolnshire focus on creating more affordable homes too.
A Fairer Future
At the heart of any housing strategy should be a commitment to making sure that safety standards are properly enforced. This certainly is not always the case and throughout Lincoln there are rogue landlords profiting off unsafe and uninhabitable properties because their tenants have no other choice.
A Labour County Council will work closely with the City Council to ensure that suitable funding is allocated to tackling rogue landlords and defending the interests of tenants living in private rented accommodation.
Listening To Residents
We believe that the needs of home owners and renters should drive any debate on housing. To truly build a better future for our local communities we have to do more than just act. We have to listen to your experiences. Our Councillors live and work in the divisions and wards they represent and they truly engage with their communities. This will help to put your feedback and ideas at the heart of local housing policy.
At present the Tory led County Council is not very active when it comes to creating green, energy efficient homes, relying more on the City Council and other towns to meet targets. A Labour County Council would commit to an ambitious target of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030, 20 years faster than the current Tory Councillors are talking about. This is essential to tackle the climate emergency. By taking a more active role in creating energy efficient homes and rolling out County-wide green improvement initiatives, we stand a better chance of meeting these ambitious goals.