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Birmingham manifesto - Housing

May 1, 2014 4:15 PM

Housing

We will not proceed with Labour's discriminatory scrapping of the present points system, whilst recognising need for reform of the system.

One of its effects will be to "conceal" the true demand for larger properties. We will introduce improved incentives for people to move on from under-used properties, including "holding hands" projects providing practical support for moving:

- by making better use of sheltered housing and retirement villages

- by working with social landlords to increase the supply of single bedroomed lettings.

We will support the self-build movement by making land available. We would step up the drive to bring the city's 5,000 empty properties into use as living accommodation.

When we were in the coalition administration, we support the city's first drive to build new homes for a generation. The city needs more good quality homes and it is shameful that so much land is left blighted while people wait for homes.

We will restore the post of cabinet member for housing together with ensuring a single scrutiny committee has clear responsibility.