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Tories Sounding 'Death Knell' For Affordable Housing, Says Labour

12/01/2016 10:46 GMT | Updated 12/01/2016 10:59 GMT
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Shadow Housing Minister John Healey speaks during the third day of the Labour Party conference at the Brighton Centre in Brighton, Sussex.

The Conservative government is sounding the "death knell for social housing," the Labour Party has warned.

On Tuesday MPs will debate the Housing Bill. Shadow housing minister John Healey said the legislation showed the government had "washed its hands of fixing our housing crisis".

Writing for The Huffington Post UK, he said: "It's the most extreme and extraordinary assault on affordable homes in a generation. Shelter predict the Bill will lead to 180,000 fewer affordable homes to rent and to buy over five years.

"Housing is fast becoming the starkest example of David Cameron's unbalanced Britain. Where families of ordinary means increasingly find that a decent home is out of their reach, and with a yawning gap between the haves and the have-nots."

He added: "The Bill sounds the death knell for social housing.

"Housing is fast becoming the starkest example of David Cameron's unbalanced Britain. Where families of ordinary means increasingly find that a decent home is out of their reach, and with a yawning gap between the haves and the have-nots."

On Sunday, David Cameron announced around a hundred of the UK's worst sink estates could be bulldozed to make way for better homes as part of a blitz on poverty.

The prime minister pledged that "brutal high-rise towers" and "bleak" housing will be "torn down" in an effort to tackle drug abuse and gang culture.

Making a bid for the political centre ground Tories believe has been abandoned by Jeremy Corbyn, Cameron said decades of neglect of estates were behind the riots that swept Britain in 2011.

The £140 million redevelopment programme is to be overseen by Lord Heseltine, who helped to transform the Liverpool and London docks in the 1980s.

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