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Housing Crisis Labour-run councils have built more homes than Tory-run councils, Labour research reveals

LABOUR-RUN councils are outbuilding their Tory counterparts by an average of more than 1,300 new homes each since the Tories took power in 2010, new research released by Labour revealed yesterday.

On average, 2,464 new homes were started in Conservative-led council areas between 2010 and 2017.

But the House of Commons Library analysis found that Labour councils started building 3,791 homes on average — 54 per cent more than Conservative councils.

The figures also show that, despite swingeing Tory cuts in the name of austerity and heavy-handed restrictions, Labour councils built an average of 93 council homes, almost five times as many as Conservative-run councils.

In London, despite only controlling eight of 33 borough councils, Labour-run authorities accounted for 8,130 of the 23,230 completed new homes in 2016-17.

The damning new figures come as Labour are due to announce plans for a council house building revolution with the launch of their Social Housing Review today.

Shadow housing secretary John Healey said: “Labour in power means more homes for local people and Labour councils across the country are already delivering more of the homes their communities need.

“After eight years of failure, the Conservatives have no plan to fix the housing crisis. From falling home-ownership to rising homelessness, housing pressures are getting worse.

“With the Conservatives in power at Westminster, the best hope for millions of people across the country is more Labour councils and councillors elected on May 3.”


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