Empty homes can solve housing problem

We have a huge problem in this country in terms of adequate numbers of homes available to those who desparately need them. New homes building is at a low ebb for both the public and private sector. At the moment 1.8 million families are on the Social Housing waiting lists.

There is some good news in Calderdale, for example, in Luddendenfoot new build action is being taken, with 10 new affordable homes nearly completed in Mytholmroyd  and 19 planned for Kershaw. 

 In a positive move to address the issues around affordable housing, Alan Sturnell - housing minister - made an important announcement at the Liberal Democrat Conference. Action is to be taken on empty homes.  There are around 300,000 long term empty homes that could be used for those who need them and £100 million has been allocated to bring such homes back into use.

It is a sensible step and more immediate than new build.  It can stop the negative effect on the local area of long term empty properties.

The provision of affordable homes is a a welcome step forward to meet housing need.

Christine Bampton-Smith

Liberal Democrat Councillor

Luddendenfoot Ward