Friday, October 1, 2010
Red Ed draws up housing plans
New Labour leader Ed Miliband is considering how to make social housing a tenure of choice as part of his vision for Labour policy. Mr Miliband also said the Labour Party had become â€˜stuck with a dogma that councils should not be allowed to build housesâ€™ and pledged to give them greater freedom to borrow, in a statement on housing written for the Labour Housing Group during his campaign. The document also puts a clear divide between Mr Miliband and the current government on planning. While the coalition has scrapped regional spatial strategies and central targets, Mr Miliband states he wants to look at â€˜more aggressive targets for social housing in property developmentâ€™. It adds that this represents â€˜a complete surrender to the vested interests which prevent new buildsâ€™.