Claire Udy, party member from Charles Dickens ward was out in Buckland this afternoon talking to residents about local issues and gathering signatures on our petition calling on Portsmouth City Council to install sprinklers in its high rise tower blocks.
Rumal Khan, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Portsmouth North writes about housing issues, particularly in areas such as North End and Paulsgrove.
There are many things I find worrying about the housing situation in Portsmouth as it stands under a Conservative government.
I worry because the rush to make a profit by those who want to exploit the housing market is making it increasingly difficult for many Portsmouth families to find a permanent home to live in: a home which they can afford and in an environment which is healthy and safe for their children to grow up in.
I am concerned about the number of Houses in Multiple Occupation, (HMOs), springing up in the city. Large companies are buying up properties in unsuitable residential locations, where housing should be for families and permanent residents.
At a hustings for June’s General Election this week, local landlords expressed their worries about the government’s changes to Mortgage Interest Relief (MIR) and how this will affect the income they earn from their properties. Taxed on their turnover from April this year, instead of their profit, many of them will find themselves pushed into a higher tax bracket.
The Local Government Association, a national body which supports local government, is urging new government ministers to rethink the ‘Pay to Stay’ policy which will require councils to charge some of their tenants higher rents from April 2017. Read the rest of this entry »
Homelessness in England has reached crisis proportions.
Last year a total of 3,569 people were reported to be sleeping on the streets, a rise of 30% on the previous year’s total. This national trend is reflected in Portsmouth too with the official number of rough sleepers on our city’s streets increasing from 5 in 2010 to 15 in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »
Local people have given a cautious welcome to the city council’s announcement that they will be seeking further compensation from Keepmoat, the contractors in charge of the building work at Wilmcote House in north Somerstown, Portsmouth. Read the rest of this entry »