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What does the York Council budget mean for housing?


  • The 2017–18 budget for City of York Council proposed by the Tory-Lib Dem Coalition totally fails to address the housing crisis in York. York is the least affordable place to live in the North with the average house price nine times more than the average wage. But the amount of genuinely affordable housing built is plummeting, going from almost 300 in 2011 to just over 100 last year.
  • Meanwhile, the Council’s own reports show that almost a quarter of private rented homes have a serious health hazard. But their budget has no plans to deal with the local housing crisis.

Councillor David Levene, Labour shadow lead for housing and planning, says Labour will improve the affordability and quality of housing in York:

  • York Labour’s amendment will support setting up a Housing Development Company, a method other council’s have used to get genuinely affordable housing built.
  • It would also improve enforcement: tackling dodgy landlords and poor quality rented housing.

You don’t have to put up with this. Support Labour to tackle the housing crisis in your city.


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