Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Labour Housing Chief visits £5.6m Dudley housing development

Labour's Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds has visited a Dudley housing estate built with investment from the last Labour government.

Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds called for a new drive to get 200,000 homes built a year at the Friar’s Gate estate in Dudley on Friday.

She was joined by Dudley North Labour candidate Ian Austin to highlight the £5.6 million investment made by the last Labour government to build new homes on Priory Road in Dudley.

Austin led the campaign to secure £5.6 million for new houses on Priory Road under the last Labour government, and fought to protect the project from cutbacks following the current government’s first budget.

Work on the development went ahead leading to the creation of hundreds of homes.

Housebuilding has fallen to record lows under David Cameron.  Labour plans to boost housebuilding to 200,000 new homes per year by 2020.  Labour is the only party with a comprehensive plan to tackle the housing crisis including handing local authorities new ‘use it or lose it’ powers to get homes built on vacant land and a Help to Build scheme for small builders.

Ian Austin said:

“The average home in our region costs more than seven times the average wage.  Rents are soaring, council house waiting lists are up and thousands more Black Country workers are now reliant on housing benefit.

“The only way to tackle this housing crisis is by building more homes, which is why I worked so hard to secure £5.6 million to develop 300 new homes on Priory Road in Dudley.

“Housebuilding is at a record low under this government, so I’m backing Labour’s plans to give Dudley Council the funding and the powers it needs to get homes built.”

Emma Reynolds said:

“Ian’s worked hard to get investment in new homes in Dudley, but this government has presided over the lowest levels of housebuilding in peacetime since the 1920s.

“Labour is committed to tackling this crisis by building more affordable homes, getting a fairer deal for private renters and abolishing the unfair Bedroom Tax.”

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