Housing campaigners ‘Homes for All-Axe the Act’ will rally outside Parliament on November 22nd to demand action against the housing crisis and present their own budget for homes.
As Parliament proposes its new budget on Wednesday, Homes For All will implore the government to address long-term under-funding in council housing. In light of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire earlier this year, campaigners will also ask the government to pay for necessary fire safety provisions and further improvements in council homes.
Eileen Short, Homes For All spokesperson, said: “The budget on Wednesday is a chance for Government to address the dire housing situation in Britain, which is getting worse with every week that passes. We are demanding a Budget for Homes that really helps invest in a new generation of genuinely-publicly owned and affordable social rent council housing, control rent.”
Following the rally, the campaigners will join MPs in the House of Commons Committee room to discuss the budget and steps to be taken in the future.
Britain’s worrying housing crisis has been a hotbed of discussion for this year’s budget, along with the NHS, Universal Credit, and public sector pay. On Budget Day, Tory Chancellor Philip Hammond will pledge to build 300,000 new homes annually in the UK, with the Treasury funding housing schemes with another £5 billion.
In an interview with BBC’s Andrew Marr on Sunday, however, Hammond also said that there is no ‘single magic bullet’ to resolve the housing crisis and warned against ‘pouring money’ into building homes.
(Authored by: Lavanya Singh)
(Subbed By: Zahida Rizvi)