We’re facing a real housing crisis that the Conservative government has failed to tackle. For too many young people and families, getting onto the housing ladder feels impossible.
Here in Cheltenham, house prices have soared almost 50% in the last 10 years, way out of line with wages. Meanwhile, Tories have failed to deliver 200,000 homes they promised to build. And Conservatives increased cost of borrowing for councils, making it harder for them to deliver affordable housing.
Max cares deeply about housing. He himself struggled to get on the housing ladder, facing sky high rents and huge contract fees. When he secured £100million for 500 homes here in Cheltenham for young people and families.
But Max is only just getting started. As Liberal Democrat MP for Cheltenham, Max would be able to do so much more to build a brighter future by building more affordable homes.
Max will make housing one of his top priorities for our town and for the UK. He will work hand in hand with Cheltenham Council to continue investing to make new developments low carbon.
As a Lib Dem representative in Westminster, he will campaign to undertake a ten-year emergency programme to upgrade existing housing stock, targeting fuel poor homes first. He will also campaign to increase Council Tax on empty homes, to turn vacant buildings into homes for local families.
Other key Liberal Democrat proposals for housing include:
- Building at least 100,000 homes for social rent each year and ensuring that total housebuilding increases to 300,000 each year.
- Helping young people into the rental market by establishing a new Help to Rent scheme to provide government-backed tenancy deposit loans for all first-time renters under 30.
- Ensuring new houses are built to zero-carbon standards, and cutting fuel bills through a ten-year programme to reduce energy consumption from all the UK’s buildings.
- Helping people who cannot afford a deposit by introducing a new Rent to Own model for social housing where rent payments give tenants an increasing stake in the property, owning it outright after 30 years.
- Promoting longer tenancies of three years or more with an inflation-linked annual rent increase built in, to give tenants security and limit rent hikes