Local residents could lose opportunities for housing through Tory plans

Liberal Democrat MP, Tom Brake, has criticised Conservative proposals to sell off social housing warning that they could lead to thousands of families across Carshalton and Wallington losing the opportunity to get roofs over their heads.

Liberal Democrats have criticised the move as “irresponsible” as it will ramp up demand for housing and increase rents.

The Housing and Planning Bill - recently debated in the House of Commons - includes plans to force councils to sell low-rent homes in high value areas.

Tom said:  “Carshalton and Wallington faces a housing crisis where people cannot afford to get a house in the place where they grew up and worked. Access to decent housing is a basic right, and that’s why I’m speaking out against this Bill. 

“This government should be doing more to promote social housing and affordable homes, but instead the Tories are pushing ahead with these irresponsible plans which will reduce the number of low-rent, social homes in the places they are needed most, denying people the chance of a safe and secure home.

“The Liberal Democrats are committed to defending social housing. As a party, we are making the case that the government should not be forcing the hand of local councils requiring them to sell off much-needed local housing,” Tom Brake said.

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