This is a contribution to Soft Left Politics by Cllr Sam Stopp, Chair of the Labour Campaign to End Homelessness.
The Housing and Planning Bill is a flagship Tory policy and includes measures to introduce the Right to Buy for Housing Association homes, funded by the sale of high-value council homes, in what amounts to a devastating attack on social housing.
But the Bill does nothing to correct the causes of the five years of failure under the Tories and, in many ways, it will make the housing crisis much worse. The Bill will lead to a huge loss of affordable homes to rent and buy, which will intensify the spiral of ever increasing housing costs.
It also introduces ‘Starter Homes’ in place of affordable housing requirements for new developments. These starter homes are supposed to be an affordable option for first-time buyers. But they are for homes up to…