Monday 17 September
09.00 Policy motion
Chair: Mary Reid. Aide: Simon McGrath. Hall Aide: Cara Jenkinson.
F23 An Affordable, Secure Home for All
Mover: Lord Shipley (Spokesperson on Housing).
Summation: Baroness Thornhill.
A. The right of every person to live in an affordable, secure home in
a safe environment.
B. The long-standing commitment of the Liberal Democrats to
achieve this by building 300,000 homes a year over the next
Conference notes that:
I. Homelessness is at record levels with rough sleeping rising,
large numbers of young people sofa hopping and tens of
thousands of homeless families trapped in unsuitable temporary
II. Over the last decade Government subsidies for rent through
housing benefit have tripled to around £25 billion (of which £10
billion goes to private landlords) when subsidies to increase the
supply of social housing have declined to around £1 billion a
III. The ratio of house prices to gross average earnings per head
is at record levels of around 10 to 1 and that as a result home
ownership has become unaffordable for most young people and
for most people on average incomes.
IV. Too many people have been forced into the private rented sector
which now provides one fifth of all homes in the UK, a third of
which fail to meet the Decent Homes Standard.
V. Government policies to promote owner occupation through
taxpayer subsidies have boosted demand and house prices
without effective measures to increase supply and affordability.
VI. The number of new social homes has contracted from over
200,000 a year at its peak to the unacceptable level of just 1,400
social home starts in 2017/18.
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