In a film clip for the Wanstead and Woodford Guardian, Wes makes the case for new homes in the borough.
Wes Streeting, Ilford North's Labour Parliamentary Candidate, has called for new homes and action to provide greater affordability and security for people living in Redbridge.
Buying a house is increasingly out of reach for most Londoners and the cost of renting is spiralling out of control. Successive governments have failed to built enough housing and under David Cameron's government the level of house-building has fallen to the lowest levels since the 1920s.
For those who are renting, short-term leases and exorbitant letting agents' fees are causing people real hardship and preventing them from laying down roots in the community. This is a particular problem for parents with school-age children who are forced to move out of the area, disrupting education for young people.
There are a number of measures that Labour have announced to deal with London's housing crisis if we win the next general election:
- We will start a massive increase in house building - to at least 200,000 homes a year
- We will give renters more security by making three year tenancies standard
- We will put a cap on annual rent increases
- We will ban letting agents from charges fees to tenants
Wes Streeting says: "Having just moved home into Barkingside, I'm all too aware of the costs involved and the impact that the housing shortage is having on families. We need to build more new homes in Redbridge. This is something that the new Labour Council is committed to, but we will need to have a sensible debate about suitable development sites. Unless action is taken, Redbridge will soon become unaffordable, particularly for the children and grandchildren of those of us who've put down roots here."