Ipswich: Shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds aims to boost numbers of council houses available

Emma Reynolds with David Ellesmere, left, and Coltsfoot Road tenant Shaun Chaplin and his son.
Emma Reynolds with David Ellesmere, left, and Coltsfoot Road tenant Shaun Chaplin and his son.

Friday, May 9, 2014
12:00 PM

Labour-run Ipswich borough got the seal of approval from shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds as she visited the town to see its new generation of council homes.

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And she insisted that new Labour proposals, outlined by party leader Ed Miliband, would help to make life easier for those seeking new homes to rent.

Ms Reynolds visited some of the first new council homes to be built in the town for 25 years in Coltsfoot Road before travelling to Ravenswood to see the site of a proposed development of 90 new council homes which should go up over the next three years.

She was shown the new homes by council leader David Ellesmere, who is hoping to win the Ipswich seat at the next general election.
Ms Reynolds said: “These new homes are being built under legislation brought in at the end of the last Labour administration which is now being used by mainly Labour councils to ensure new affordable homes are being built,” she said.

But it was not only the supply of council homes that Labour is seeking to boost – it is also hoping to improve security of tenure for private tenants, which Ms Reynolds insisted would be good for both landlords and tenants.

She said: “Under our proposals there would be security for tenants for three years – with an increasing number of people looking to rent it is important that families have the security of knowing they can live somewhere for a reasonable time.

“There would also be restrictions on how much landlords could increase rents. But this is not a return to 1970s-style rent controls.”

She said Labour was using the kind of rules that operated in the Republic of Ireland, which had led to a growth in the private rental sector.

Ms Reynolds also said it was vital to encourage more housebuilding – up to 200,000 new homes a year.

“Ultimately the housing shortage can only be solve by building new homes, whether for people to own or for rent, and there needs to be an acceptable balance between those sectors.”

4 comments

  • A little bit wooly,get off your back side and have a look around Nacton rd then say the same thing, look at east London,Luton and kings Lynn ,more imports than English ,up the UKIP

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    pandy

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Oh what a surprise - more anti-immigration comments! The reason for the massive shortage in council housing isn't due to people coming in from other countries, it is down to the 1980's 'right to buy' policy where the government thought it would be a good idea to sell off much of their housing stock. Very little social housing has been built over the last 2 decades. That's where the problem is.

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    alittlebitwoolly

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • With labour plans to cap rent prices I can see no one in their right mind wanting to buy to let, so the cost of houses to rent will fall on to the tax payer, roll on UKIP, and stop this free for all entry to this what was a wonderful country

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    pandy

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • Why do you think there is a shortage of housing let me think maybe because are country is a free for all more people = more housing simple really

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    gabi

    Friday, May 9, 2014

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