John Healey

After Seven Years Of Failure On Housing Under The Tories, The Country Needs A New Deal Under Labour

John Healey | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Politics
John Healey

Everyone knows someone affected by the housing crisis. From young people still stuck with their parents, to families in short-term private rented homes, to children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews struggling to buy a first home. Home is at the centre of all our lives. Yet under the Conservatives, housing pressures have got worse, not better.

100,000 Discount New Homes For First Time Buyers If Labour Wins The General Election

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Politics

First-time buyers will be offered 100,000 new homes on the cheap as Labour tries to help those priced out of the housing market. The party today anno...

Toxic Housing Crisis Fuels A 700% Rise In Families Forced To Live In B&Bs - Here's One Mother's Story

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Politics

Looking after an 8-month-old baby is a challenge for anyone, but Dian Walker is finding it tougher than most. The mother-of-two was made homeless six ...

House Building Under The Tories Drops To Lowest Level Since The 1920s

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Politics

House building under the Tories has fallen to its lowest peacetime levels since the 1920s, HuffPost UK reveals today. An analysis of house building go...

Experts Reveal Three Ways To Solve The Housing Crisis That Frighten Politicians

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK Politics

Rent controls, building on the green belt and reforming the benefits cap are just some of the measures needed to tackle the housing crisis, experts ha...

The Country's 11Million Private Renters Need A Consumer Rights Revolution - Labour Will Give It To Them

John Healey | Posted 30.04.2017 | UK Politics
John Healey

One in five of us rent from a private landlord, including 1.6million families with kids, but the laws of the land haven't caught up with the way we now live. In practice, in 21st Century England, you have fewer rights renting a family home than you do buying a fridge-freezer... After seven years of failure the Conservatives have no plan to fix the housing crisis. They've turned a blind eye to renters' problems and weakened key protections. A Labour government would introduce proper consumer rights for renters - with legal minimum standards so that every rented house is fit to be called home.

Here's Why Labour Thinks It Can Solve Britain's Toxic Housing Crisis

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK Politics

Labour will create a dedicated Housing Ministry in order to get to grips with the homeownership crisis sweeping across the country. In an exclusive in...

Labour Shadow Minister Dodges Question On Jeremy Corbyn Leaflet 3 Times

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK

A shadow minister today refused three times to say whether Jeremy Corbyn would appear on his election leaflets. John Healey, who heads Labour’s hou...

9,000 Youngsters Could Be Made Homeless By Housing Benefit Cuts, Warns Charity

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Politics

Up to 9,000 young people could be forced on to the streets if Theresa May pushes ahead with cuts to housing benefits, according to a homelessness char...

Bad News Buried As Government Axes Housing Benefit For 18-21s

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Politics

Housing benefit is to be axed for 18-21 year-olds within weeks after ministers decided to go ahead with controversial plans to force young unemployed ...

Government Set To Miss Its Own Housing Target By 12 Years

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Politics

Sajid Javid is set to miss one of his key housing targets by 12 years, according to figures released today by his own department. In 2015 the Governme...

One In Ten Parents Say 'Broken' Rental Market Harms Their Children

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Politics

One in ten parents say stressful house moves caused by the UK’s insecure housing market harm their children, according to research by charity Shelte...

Sadiq Khan Praises Government's Housing Plan Despite Labour Branding It 'Feeble'

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Politics

Labour’s most powerful politician is at odds with his party over Government plans to solve the housing crisis. London Mayor Sadiq Khan today praised...

The National Scandal Of Rising Rough Sleeping Shows The Need For A Labour Government

John Healey | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Politics
John Healey

The Conservatives have no-one to blame for their record on homelessness but themselves. To turn the tide and end the national scandal of rough sleeping, will once again take a Labour government. After seven years of failure, Ministers are set to relaunch their housing policy with a new white paper. Ending the scandal of homelessness must be at the heart of it.

Street Homelessness Soars To Six-Year High As Tory Cuts Blamed

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Politics

The number of people sleeping on Britain’s streets has increased to a six-year high, new official statistics have revealed. Ministers were accused o...

The Waugh Zone January 20, 2017

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday, January 20… 1) ARTICLE 50 SHADES OF GREYBEARD An unexploded bomb caused chaos last night in Westmi...

The Waugh Zone January 19, 2017

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday, January 19… 1) THE ICE QUEEN Theresa May will deliver her ‘open for business’ pitch to the g...

Councils Could Lose Out On A Fund Worth Billions Unless They Let The Tories Build On New Land, Says Government Source

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Politics

Councils which fail to free up extra land for new homes could miss out on a £4.8 billion Government fund, The Huffington Post UK has learned. The Tor...

Labour Must Reject 'Rag-Bag' Progressive Alliance, Says John Healey

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Politics

The answer to Labour’s problems is not to form an alliance with other centre-left parties despite a report warning the party has “almost no chance...

Labour Pledges To End Rough Sleeping With Plan For 4,000 Extra Homes

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Politics

Labour has unveiled a pledge to effectively end rough sleeping, doubling the number of homes reserved for people sleeping on the streets and park benc...

'Pay To Stay' Council Tenant Rent Hike Scrapped In Major Government U-Turn

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK

A controversial plan to hike council house rents for better off tenants has been ditched by the Government after it admitted the policy would hit “o...

The Waugh Zone November 16, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday, November 16… 1) GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE It’s Wednesday and the first post-Trump victory PMQs loom...

Why I'm Rejoining Jeremy Corbyn's Shadow Cabinet

John Healey | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Politics
John Healey

I've served on Labour's frontbench for much of the last 20 years, under four leaders. They all had flaws. And when I spoke to Jeremy today he agreed that that he, and we all, must do better. However, all four were elected leaders of our Party. Jeremy Corbyn's re-election earns him the right to lead Labour again, and the right to expect backing from Labour MPs. We must now pull together. Our task is to take on the Tories and win over the public.

Labour MPs 'Mugged' Corbyn 'In Cold Blood'

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 24.09.2016 | UK Politics

Labour MPs who sought to “mug” Jeremy Corbyn “in cold blood” should now get behind him and unite the party, one of his strongest supporters ha...

Today's Election Is Labour's Chance For A Fresh Start

John Healey | Posted 24.09.2016 | UK Politics
John Healey

The leadership campaign may be over but for Labour the real work now begins. Labour MPs had our say before the summer. Labour members had their say over the summer. Now it's time to give our full attention to the public. The immediate imperative is to deal with the divisions of the campaign. A political Party that argues with itself is unable to take the argument to the wider electorate... So we need the basis for a fresh start for Labour's frontbench, to put behind us the stand-off between Labour MPs and Leader. The responsibility to do so lies with both.