Thursday, 14 June 2012

Not a single affordable home built in Wigan in 2011

The Government’s policies came under fire today as official figures revealed that affordable house building had collapsed in Wigan. The figures from the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency show that affordable housing starts fell from 97 to zero in 2011/2012 compared with the previous year.

These figures demonstrate the disastrous impact of Government housing and economic policies and the need for urgent action to build much needed homes and get the economy going again.

This Government is failing families in Wigan who are in desperate need of a home. We have a growing housing crisis and the Government’s policies are making it worse. Across the North West there has been a 57% fall in affordable home starts and in Wigan not a single affordable new home start in 2011.

Labour has called on the Government to take action by repeating the bankers’ bonus tax to fund 25,000 new affordable homes while proposing a one year cut in VAT on home improvements, repairs and maintenance to help homeowners, small businesses and create much needed jobs and apprenticeships.

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