Jeremy Corbyn: Labour councils built 1,000 more homes on average than Tory councils since 2010

Posted On: 
26th April 2017

Labour councils have built almost 1,000 more homes on average than Tory councils since 2010, Jeremy Corbyn will claim today.

Jeremy Corbyn pictured in front of his own home in north London
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New research commissioned by the party shows Labour-run local authorities have put up 2,577 new homes on average between 2010 and 2016.

Tory-led local authorities meanwhile built just 1,679 on average, while Liberal Democrat councils built 1,660, according to the House of Commons library analysis.

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On an election campaign visit to Harlow today Mr Corbyn will say: “The system is rigged, with housing treated as an investment for the few, not homes for the many.

“Seven years of Conservative failure, with homebuilding at the lowest levels since the 1920s, shows that they will never fix the housing crisis, which is holding so many people back.

“Labour councils build more homes than Conservative ones. The next Labour government will build a million homes, at least half of them council homes, so that we build a Britain for the many not the few.”

But the Conservatives argued the research was misleading, insisting Tory councils are often geographically smaller and contain more green belt land.

Housing Minister Gavin Barwell said: “Under Theresa May’s strong and stable leadership, we recently set out a clear plan to build more affordable housing – and the number of housing starts is up by three quarters since 2010.

“A vote for anyone else at this election risks putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street, propped up by the Lib Dems and the SNP in a coalition of chaos."

Figures revealed earlier this month show the number of council houses has plummeted by 200,000 since the Conservatives came to power.

In November last year it was revealed that the number of affordable homes being built is at its lowest for over two decades.

And in Febuary official government figures showed the number of people sleeping on the streets of England has soared by 134% since 2010.