Charlie's Plan for more and better affordable homes

Home is where the heart is, and it's no wonder so many people fall in love with living in Portsmouth and Southsea. We need a plan to deliver the new green affordable homes Portsmouth and Southsea need to become more prosperous and enable local people to grow up and raise their families here.

A row of houses.

We’re facing a real housing crisis that the Conservative government has failed to tackle. For too many young people and families, getting onto the housing ladder feels impossible.

More affordable and social homes would give so many people a secure home. At the same time, it would mean fewer people have to live in expensive and unstable taxpayer-funded temporary accommodation.

Charlie cares deeply about housing. He has spent most of his adult life as a renter struggling to get on the housing ladder, facing sky high rents and house prices.

He too ​​has experienced the poor living conditions that renting often brings. Portsmouth's Lib Dem led Council already differentiates between good and bad landlords, helping drive up standards in rented properties across the city. 

I'm proud of the practical and ambitious Lib Dem-run council, which have led a £100 million programme to buy back right to buy homes, with more than 560 bought back so far. The City Council are also building new Council homes, with 750 in the pipeline to build.

Liberal Democrats in Portsmouth are already taking real action to address the housing crisis.

As your MP, Charlie would go further. He would like to give the council the power to suspend right to buy so council homes remain in council ownership. He would set a national target of 380,000 new homes per year, with many of those coming from 10 new garden cities across the country.

Leading charities such as Shelter estimating the UK is between 3 and 4 million homes behind demand. With this number of homes to build, it is key that what we build next is here to last. Charlie is determined to make the homes of the future fit for the future, with high standards of insulation.

The existing housing stock also needs to meet our climate goals. Charlie supports a scheme of retrofitting existing homes at a discount or no cost to the occupier. This will help drive down their energy bills and carbon footprint. Recently, Labour have watered down their commitments on climate change and insulation. 

Charlie's top target is to build 150,000 new social homes every year, giving everyone access to decent affordable housing.

As one of the youngest Parliamentary candidates in the city, Charlie is determined to end the housing crisis for the next generation.

Portsmouth needs an MP who is determined to deliver affordable, sustainable homes.

Everyone in Portsmouth and Southsea deserves a safe and affordable place to live. I'm proud of the work Portsmouth City Council is doing to deliver more affordable homes, but the Government could be doing so much more for young people and families caught up in this cost of housing crisis.

Charlie Murphy
Houses being built

Charlie's plan for more affordable homes

  • A target of 380,000 new homes per year, with many in garden cities.
  • 150,000 new social homes per year.
  • Homes in existing towns and cities through community-led development
  • Ban no-fault evictions immediately, make three-year tenancies the default, and require councils to have a landlord licensing scheme
  • Give local authorities, including National Park Authorities, the powers to end Right to Buy in their areas.
  • End rough sleeping within the next Parliament and scrap the Vagrancy Act.
  • Abolish residential leaseholds and cap ground rents to a nominal fee, so that everyone has control over their property.

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