Portsmouth City Council now has a pipeline of 749 council houses and flats. But we have been more imaginative. We think Portsmouth is the only council in the country to buy back in volume former council properties that were sold off under Right to Buy. So far, Portsmouth has repurchased 382 houses and flats, with another 90 in the pipeline.
One of the surprising successes of the Covid pandemic was that councils got almost everyone who was street homeless off the streets. So now Portsmouth City Council has bought three former student halls to provide 109 ensuite rooms for homeless people.
So in total, that is around 1330 new council properties either built, bought or in the pipeline to help local people and families have somewhere decent to live at a rent they can afford.
This shows Lib Dem principles in action. Congratulations to Portsmouth's Cabinet Member for Housing, Darren Sanders, and all the team.