Continuing a welcome trend, the SHOUT campaign has been backed by another local authority - this time Lewisham London Borough Council. Their motion seeks to "maximise the supply of social housing" and use "housing suply to stimulate economic growth".
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Lewisham Labour have further reinforced their commitment to affordable housing by backing the SHOUT (Social Housing Under Threat) campaign to promote the importance of social rented housing as a major part of solving the national housing crisis.
The campaign was formerly backed by Lewisham Labour Group after a motion was tabled in support of SHOUT at the council's full council meeting at Lewisham Town Hall on the 25th February, 2015.
The motion, which received unanimous support, asked councillors to support the campaign and request that Council officers continue working to maximise the supply of affordable housing as well as using housing supply to stimulate economic growth and jobs.
SHOUT was formed in January 2014, and is governed by volunteers who, between them, have 300 years’ experience of working in the housing sector and is intended to influence policy debates in the run-up to the 2015 General Election and beyond.
Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Damien Egan said “The timing of this motion coincides with the completion of the first new council built housing in the borough for 30 years at Mercator Road. These properties will count towards meeting our manifesto commitment of building at least 500 new homes by 2018, and reflect the aims of the SHOUT campaign.”
Chair of the Housing Select Committee, Cllr Carl Handley said “The unanimous support for this motion further demonstrates the commitment of Labour Councillors to ensure that affordable housing remains a priority and also shows that we will do everything in our power to maximise supply”.