We store cookies on your device to make sure we give you the best experience on this website. I'm fine with this - Turn cookies off
Switch to an accessible version of this website which is easier to read. (requires cookies)
  • Housing
    Article: May 17, 2017
    By Jessica Elgot, Political reporter in The Guardian

    Party's manifesto contains wealth of offers aimed at enticing young voters back after tuition fees furore, including referendum on final Brexit deal

    Tens of thousands of young renters will be offered "rent to buy" deposit-free homes as part of a Liberal Democrat manifesto aimed at enticing a younger generation to back the party.

  • Anita Day
    Article: May 15, 2017
    By Anita Day

    The Liberal Democrats have announced plans to address the housing shortage in South Kesteven and build more affordable homes.

    There are currently 2999 families in South Kesteven on a waiting list for council homes, up from 2914 last year.

    In addition, official figures show 480 homes in South Kesteven have been empty for over six months.

    The Liberal Democrats would introduce a legal requirement for smaller housing developments to include affordable homes, make it easier for local authorities and housing associations to borrow money and set up a new government-backed Housing and Infrastructure Development Bank.

    The party would allow local authorities to hike up council tax on empty homes by up to 200%, including second homes. Local authorities could also choose to impose penalties on developers who leave plots of land empty for over 3 years, to tackle so-called land-banking.

    Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Grantham and Stamford, Anita Day, commented:

    "Hundreds of families in South Kesteven are struggling to find a decent and affordable place to call home.

    "Many young people in particular are finding it virtually impossible to get on the housing ladder.

    "At the same time, homes are sitting empty and plots of land bought by developers are not being used.

    "The market is broken and has failed to deliver. That is why we are setting out radical plans to fix the housing crisis.

    "A Conservative landslide would allow the government to take people for granted, meaning years more soaring rents and failure to build enough affordable housing.

    "A better future is available. Have hope, vote Liberal Democrat and we can change Britain's future and build the affordable homes South Kesteven needs."

  • Julia Cambridge
    Article: May 14, 2017
    By Julia Cambridge

    The Liberal Democrats have announced plans to address the housing shortage in South Holland and build more affordable homes.

    There are currently 303 families in South Holland on a waiting list for council homes, down from 401 last year.

    In addition, official figures show 232 homes in South Holland have been empty for over six months.

    The Liberal Democrats would introduce a legal requirement for smaller housing developments to include affordable homes, make it easier for local authorities and housing associations to borrow money and set up a new government-backed Housing and Infrastructure Development Bank.

    The party would allow local authorities to hike up council tax on empty homes by up to 200%, including second homes. Local authorities could also choose to impose penalties on developers who leave plots of land empty for over 3 years, to tackle so-called land-banking.

    Liberal Democrat candidate for South Holland and the Deepings, Julia Cambridge, commented:

    "Hundreds of families in South Holland are struggling to find a decent and affordable place to call home.

    "Many young people in particular are finding it virtually impossible to get on the housing ladder.

    "At the same time, homes are sitting empty and plots of land bought by developers are not being used.

    "The market is broken and has failed to deliver. That is why we are setting out radical plans to fix the housing crisis.

    "A Conservative landslide would allow the government to take people for granted, meaning years more soaring rents and failure to build enough affordable housing.

    "A better future is available. Have hope, vote Liberal Democrat and we can change Britain's future and build the affordable homes South Holland needs."

  • Housing
    Article: May 13, 2017

    The Conservative government has given developers a carte blanche to play the property market at the expense of our citizens. And now the country's in crisis.

    Not enough homes. Properties sitting empty. Exorbitant prices. The market is closed and exclusive: a fat cats' game. That's not good for people and it's not good for business.

  • Tim Farron
    Article: Apr 27, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have committed to ending the scandal of rough sleeping in Britain, as the Homelessness Reduction Bill enters into force today.

    Following a campaign visit to the Hundred Houses Society, a charitable housing association in Cambridge, Tim Farron announced a series of measures the party would put in place to help end rough sleeping.

  • housing
    Article: Feb 8, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have produced figures to show that government plans to boost house-building cannot be delivered because of a Brexit-driven labour crisis.

    Andrew Stunell, Liberal Democrat construction spokesperson, has shown that the construction industry would need a 35% increase in workers to deliver the houses the government claims it will build - but if ministers do follow through on their stated intention of delivering hard Brexit and cutting labour access to the EU27, the construction industry's labour force would shrink by 9%.

  • housing
    Article: Feb 8, 2017
    By Lord John Shipley in Liberal Democrat Voice

    The lack of affordable housing in the UK is at crisis point. On average, house prices are now almost seven times people's incomes and over 1.6 million people are on housing waiting lists in the UK, including 124 000 homeless children. This means that the Government's White Paper on housing has been highly anticipated. But it needs to be extraordinarily ambitious to tackle the severity of the housing crisis.

  • housing
    Article: Feb 7, 2017

    The Government has shown how "out of touch" it is by declaring today that those in need of affordable homes are on incomes of up to £80,000.

    Commenting on the government's housing proposals today, including defining those in need of affordable homes as being on an income of up to £80,000 across the UK and £90,000 in London, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said: "A government that thinks affordable homes can be worth £450k and should be available to those on £80k frankly doesn't have a clue.