Key Policy

30% of new builds must be social housing



Corresponding Charter Article

C3. Housing

Everyone has the right to warm and comfortable housing. Nobody will be without housing due to financial constraints or personal circumstances.


EQ185 Deliver a new social housebuilding programme of more than a million homes over a decade, with council housing at its heart

EQ186 By the end of the Parliament we will be building at an annual rate of at least 150,000 council and social homes
EQ187 100,000 houses built by councils for social rent in the biggest council housebuilding programme in more than a generation
EQ188 Establish a new duty on councils to plan and build these social homes in their area
EQ189 Fund councils to build council homes with backing from national government
EQ190 Scrap the Conservatives bogus definition of affordable, set as high as 80% of market rents, and replace it with a definition linked to local incomes
EQ191 Council and housing association homes will be more affordable than market housing and built to higher standards
EQ192 End the conversion of office blocks to homes that sidestep planning permission through permitted development
EQ193 Stop the haemorrhage of low- cost homes by ending the right to buy
EQ194 Stop the forced conversion of social rented homes to so-called affordable rent
EQ195 Reduce the amount of housing debt councils currently hold
EQ196 Give councils the powers and funding to buy back homes from private landlords
EQ197 Give tenants a stronger say in the management of their homes
EQ198 Stop social cleansing by making sure regeneration only goes ahead when it has the consent of residents, and that all residents are offered a new property on the same site and terms
EQ199 Fund a new Decent Homes programme to bring all council and housing association homes up to a good standard
EQ200 Build more low-cost homes reserved for first-time buyers in every area
EQ201 Include new discount homes with prices linked to local incomes
EQ202 Reform Help to Buy to focus it on first-time buyers on ordinary incomes
EQ203 Ban overseas companies buying housing
EQ204 Bring empty homes back into use by giving councils new powers to tax properties empty for over a year
EQ205 End leasehold for the millions who have bought their home but dont feel like they own it
EQ206 End the sale of new leasehold properties, abolish unfair fees and conditions, and give leaseholders the right to buy their freehold at a price they can afford
EQ207 Introduce equivalent rights for freeholders on privately owned estates