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Statement from Cllr Peter John on ballots on estate regeneration

29 September 2017
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At this week’s Labour Party Conference Jeremy Corbyn set out with passion and conviction how a Labour government will invest in social and council housing, this is something we welcome and builds on our programme for 11,000 new council homes. We have shown this is possible but with a Labour government investing in this area then we can do even more to tackle the housing crisis.

Jeremy also set out the need for ballots for any new estate regeneration and reprovision of existing council homes, it is already our policy in Southwark to only consider any new estate regeneration if it leads to an increase in the amount of council homes on the site. We must remember that our housing economy is broken and the failure of successive governments to invest in proper social housing has meant that any radical plans to improve existing housing estates have become the subject of intense scrutiny.  Until we are able to move the debate on from the terms of reference for housing provision set in the 1980s by Mrs Thatcher we will have to demonstrate that what we are doing genuinely improves the lives of our residents. We will carefully consider introducing ballots for any future estate regeneration projects, but we currently have none planned. At a time when the Tories are attacking social housing it is councils like Southwark that have taken a stand and invested £425m in our existing 55,000 council homes and have now begun our programme to build 11,000 new council homes by 2043.



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