Southwark’s housing director has revealed that the council doesn’t have the cash to fulfill Labour’s dedication of 11,000 new properties by 2043.
Talking on the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee on Monday, Michael Scorer mentioned the council solely had funding for round 3,200 properties – practically 7,000 beneath Labour’s promise.
In 2014, Southwark Labour dedicated to constructing 11,000 new council properties by 2043. On the time, they described the coverage as “formidable however reasonable”.
The Lib Dem opposition group have slammed the Labour management in Southwark for deceptive residents and letting down these in want of excellent high quality housing.
Southwark has seen a internet discount in council properties of two,400 since 2010 and over 17,000 individuals are at the moment on the council’s housing ready record.
Southwark Lib Dem housing spokesperson Cllr Emily Tester mentioned, “This admission from the council exposes Labour’s smoke and mirrors strategy to social housing in Southwark. All of Southwark is now absolutely conscious that their goal of 11,000 new council properties was an unfunded fantasy.
With the way forward for our council properties programme in jeopardy, all we’re left with is Labour’s report – 2,400 fewer council properties and over 17,000 on the housing ready record. Residents usually are not getting the honesty they deserve from the council.
It’s extra pressing than ever for the federal government to correctly fund the brand new properties we desperately want. Southwark Labour must ditch the spin, and give attention to combating for the sources required to offer good high quality housing.”
Chief of the opposition, Cllr Victor Chamberlain, added, “That is one more damaged promise from Labour to the individuals of Southwark. Their disingenuous pledge has been plastered throughout each growth within the borough whereas they’ve identified full effectively it can’t be achieved.
Since saying this plan in 2014, home constructing has crawled alongside whereas the borough has misplaced over 800 council properties. Residents deserve higher than these empty, politically motivated guarantees.”