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Property News March 14, 2016
     

Where the parties stand on housing policies for the 2015 Election

We have listed the policies for housing by each party in the 2015 election.

ConservatiesConservative

Main pledges

  • Extend the “Right to Buy” to 1.3m housing association homes in England
  • 200,000 homes built for first-time buyers aged under 40, at 20% discount
  • New Help to Buy ISA’s for first-time buyers to help them get a deposit for a house
  • Create a £1bn brownfield regeneration fund to unlock sites for 400,000 homes
  • LabourLabour

    Main pledges

  • Get 200,000 homes built a year by 2020
  • Guarantee three year tenancy agreements in the private sector and a “ceiling” on rent increases
  • Prioritise local first-time buyers in new housing areas
  • Prioritise capital investment in housing to build more affordable homes.
  • Lib DemsLib Dems

    Main pledges

  • Increase housebuilding to 300,000 a year
  • Set in motion at least 10 new Garden Cities
  • 30,000 Rent to Own homes a year by 2020
  • Ban landlords from letting out poorly insulated homes
  • UkipUKIP

    Main pledges

  • Build a million homes on previously developed land by 2025
  • Remove stamp duty on the first £250,000 of new homes built on previously developed land
  • Prioritise social housing for people with local connections
  • Protect the greenbelt
  • GreenGreen

    Main pledges

  • Build 500,000 social rental homes by 2020
  • Bring 350,000 empty homes back into use
  • Cap rent and introduce 5-year tenancies
  • Abolish the right to buy council homes
  • RespectRespect

    Main pledges

  • Start a comprehensive programme of council house building
  • Spend public money to increase energy efficiency
  • Legislate to prevent landlords from charging excessive rents
  • End the Right to Buy scheme for council homes
  • SNPSNP

    Key campaign points

  • Immediate abolition of “bedroom tax”
  • Back investment to see 100,000 affordable homes built throughout the UK
  • Continue support for Help to Buy and shared equity schemes
  • Housing benefit should not be restricted for 18 to 21 year olds
  • SinnSinn Fein

    Key campaign points

  • Sinn Féin is committed to ensuring the provision of adequate social housing across Ireland
  • Wants to see existing social housing stock retained in public ownership
  • Wants the creation of a fund to allow Housing Executive to start a programme to build new homes
  • Continues to oppose introduction of bedroom tax to the north
  • PlaidPlaid Cymru

    Key campaign points

  • Implement rent controls to help tenants
  • Ensure impact on Welsh language of new housing developments is properly measured
  • Support energy efficient housing improvements to reduce family energy costs
  • SDLPSDLP

    Key campaign points

  • The SDLP continues to fight against record waiting lists, high levels of housing stress and rising homelessness
  • Will prioritise increasing the supply of social housing and ensuring allocation is fair, effective and based on need
  • Will champion creative and innovative housing policies and tailor them to NI’s needs
  • The party sees a need to license private landlords and letting agents
  • AllianceAlliance

    Key campaign points

  • Invest in a Green New Deal to provide low-cost and free insulation and home-heating measures
  • Support legislation to improve regulation of private rental sector
  • Devise an affordable homes programme to assist first-time buyers to purchase a home
  • Ensure any proposed reforms to social housing do not jeopardise fairness, quality or access

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