Cllr Richard Watts, Leader of Islington Council, writes about today’s Budget announced by the Tory Government.
Today’s Tory Budget was one for the privileged few, not the many.
Islington needed a Budget to help us fix the housing crisis by –
- Allowing the council to build more new council homes.
- Protecting existing council homes.
- Helping us to prevent homelessness.
But instead we heard more of the same from a tired and uncaring Tory Government, which is continuing to impose massive cuts on the council – by 2020 we will have lost 70 per cent of our core central government funding.
Islington Labour is working hard to make a difference for local people by tackling the housing crisis.
We are delivering the largest number of new council homes built in Islington for 30 years. By 2020, we will have delivered 3,000 new homes for social rent, prioritised for local people, in a decade.
We have also taken action to protect people being treated unfairly who live in private rented homes.
Despite this, too many people in Islington still cannot get genuinely affordable housing, or are forced to live in overcrowded and insecure homes.
I wrote to the Chancellor before today’s Budget, urging him to announce measures that will allow the council to do more to make a real difference for local people. You can read my letter here.
Shamefully, the Tories have let Islington down again.
Islington Labour is committed to making our borough a fairer place for all. To do that we need to be able to tackle the housing crisis head-on.