Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin calls for urgent action to tackle housing crisis

Dudley North MP Ian Austin asked what is being done to tackle the crisis in affordable housing, saying that thousands of families in Dudley are desperate for a home.

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Speaking in the Commons, he asked the Minister for Housing Kit Malthouse MP what is being done to help people get the decent, secure and affordable home they need.

Funding for affordable housing was over £4bn in 2009/10, but is now less that £0.5bn, and the number of new social rented homes has fallen to the lowest level since the Second World War.

The lack of affordable housing has left many struggling to get on the housing ladder and played a part in the soaring numbers of rough sleepers we see on the street.

Ian Austin said:

“Thousands of people in Dudley are on the housing waiting list, desperate for a home for their family.

“I talk to people every week who tell me how difficult the uncertainty is, that they are struggling to save for a deposit and do not know when they might get a secure home.

“The number of homes in the region has barely increased over recent years, home ownership has fallen, private renting has doubled, the costs of buying or renting a home in the private sector have soared and the number of social rented homes available is lower than in previous decades.

“We need the Government to get a grip of this crisis by backing councils and housing associations with new funding, and build thousands more homes in the region and across the country so that people have access to affordable housing.”

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