3rd Aug, 2020

Bromsgrove District Councillors voted against the authority building its own council houses

Harry Leach 16th Jun, 2018

COUNCILORS from Bromsgrove District Council voted against the authority building its own council houses at Wednesday’s full council meeting.

The motion – to set up a new housing revenue scheme which would have helped a home-building scheme – was put forward by Bromsgrove Labour Leader Coun Michael Thompson.

He wanted the district council to borrow from the Government so more properties could be built, addressing the district’s home and affordable housing

At Wednesday’s full council meeting, Coun Thompson said: “People on a low-income are in fear about their future accommodation.

“We all take going home each night for granted because we are lucky to be in that position.

“The position where we may have a family to go back to, food on the table and a roof over our heads.

“I believe this should be a basic human right and everyone deserves the opportunity to have that.”

In the autumn budget the Government raised the borrowing cap for councils in areas of high affordability, like Bromsgrove, by £1billion to help achieve its target of 300,000 new homes per year.

Private house-builders have consistently provided 150,000-a-year so, Coun Thompson said, the target was unlikely to be met without a significant increase in supply from local authorities.

The motion was defeated as 14 councillors votes against it.

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