Cambridge City Council Passes SHOUT resolution

Great News for SHOUT - Below is the full text of a motion being considered by Cambridge City Council next week.

Cambridge City Council 
The text of a Labour motion to full Council on the 24th July.

Great News for SHOUT - Below is the full text of a motion being considered by Cambridge City Council next week.

Cambridge City Council 
The text of a Labour motion to full Council on the 24th July.

This Council supports the launch of the SHOUT (Social Housing Under Threat) campaign on 18 June 2014. It agrees with SHOUT that building social housing - social rented homes - is at the core of tackling the housing crisis nationally and locally in Cambridge and that social rented housing meets needs that other tenures cannot address.
This Council also notes that:
Under the coalition government the funding of social housing has become increasingly marginalised with the latest prospectus for bidders from the Homes and Community Agency stating that 'social rent provision will only be supported in very limited circumstances.'
The coalition government's Affordable Rent programme' linking grant funding to rents of up to 80% of market rents is quite simply unaffordable and there is evidence that even setting Affordable Rents of 65% of local market rents is putting homes out of reach of many in Cambridge.
Social housing faces great challenges in meeting the needs of those affected by welfare cuts and rule changes over the last three years, including the damaging ‘bedroom tax’, and increased pressure from the escalating number of council homes lost through the Right to Buy after the significant increase in discount in April 2012 from the coalition government.
This Council therefore resolves:
that the Chief Executive and Leader of the Council write to the two MPs for Cambridge, Julian Huppert MP and Andrew Lansley MP, laying out the case for a social rent level of 60% of local market rent as 'affordable' for current and potential City Homes tenants, and requesting their support for this and lobbying of the Minister for Communities and Local Government to ensure the Affordable Housing Programme favoursa Cambridge Social Rented Programme
To consider how the City Deal can deliver a programme of new council homes at affordable social rent levels, including working in partnership with other providers and local authorities.
To support the work of the SHOUT campaign and take a lead in affirming the positive value and purpose of social rented housing.


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  • I am in total agreement. The housing situation is serious for people unable to get on the ladder.
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