Washington and Sunderland MP’s call for more affordable housing

Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson says the Government must do more to provide social housing.
Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson says the Government must do more to provide social housing.
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HOUSE building policies have today been criticised by a Wearside politician.

Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson believes the new strategies set out by Prime Minister David Cameron and Housing Minister Grant Shapps do not do enough.

She said that in the six months up to September, 96 per cent fewer social-rented homes and 91 per cent fewer affordable homes were started, compared to the same period in 2010.

“This government is failing to get to grips with the worsening housing crisis,” she added.

“We have called for them to repeat the bankers’ bonus tax to fund 25,000 new affordable homes, while proposing a one-year cut in VAT on home improvements, repairs and maintenance to help homeowners, small businesses and create much needed jobs and apprenticeships.”