“Housing Hunger Games”
Our local Conservative MP dismisses claims that there is a housing crisis as “outrageous”.
In a front-page article of the Gazette she claims that Basingstoke “has built more homes than any other area in the past two decades”.
Yet the National Housing Federation that says that in Basingstoke the shortfall in housing between 2012 and 2016 was 2343 homes, the second highest in Hampshire.
This shortfall in housing contributes to house prices skyrocketing and the average house is now over £326,000, ten times more than the areas ‘average’ salary.
This coupled with eye wateringly high rents makes the picture very grim indeed for our local young people wanting to have a place to call their own. Typically 40% of income goes on rent alone, making it impossible to save for a deposit.
The Councils performance in respect of social and affordable housing is nothing to be proud of either as they constantly fail to meet their own targets in building affordable housing.
Just recently a Brighton Hill resident was telling me how one of their children had been on the waiting list nearly a decade and were still unable to secure a home.
Even once accepted onto the housing register its necessary to “bid” against other people for available properties. It’s possible to be competing with more than 170 people for the same property in Brighton Hill.
I want to see an end to this situation which resembles a “Housing Hunger Games” and ensure that as a town we provide good quality and affordable homes for all our residents.
Last year the Tory council decided to increase its property investments by 30 million pounds. It will fund these property acquisitions from our council tax and by making cuts to services.
I want to make sure that any property investment is in reasonably priced housing for local people– not business premises for commercial rental.
Vote for me on 3 May and I promise I will work hard to tackle the housing crisis in Basingstoke.