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Labour will build genuinely affordable homes

Under the Conservatives, affordable housebuilding has fallen to a 24-year low. Labour will build the genuinely affordable homes to rent and buy that the country needs.

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Labour candidate Sandy Martin with new Labour-built Council Houses in Bader Close, Ipswich

We will remove government restrictions that stop councils building homes and begin the biggest council building programme for at least 30 years. We will ditch the Conservatives’ ban on long-term council tenancies to give council tenants security in their homes. We want more people to have a secure tenancy in a home built to high standards. Labour will scrap the punitive bedroom tax, which has caused many people to be evicted from their home and their community.

More council homes have been sold off under the Conservatives and only one in five have been replaced, despite long housing waiting lists. Labour will suspend the right-to-buy policy to protect affordable homes for local people, with councils only able to resume sales if they can prove they have a plan to replace homes sold like-for-like.

Ben Gummer used his power as Ipswich's MP, to prevent new council houses being built in Ipswich on land the Council already owned, forcing Ipswich families to remain in accommodation which is of a lower standard and more expensive. As your MP, Sandy Martin would work with your Labour Council to get more council houses built in our town.

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