I firmly believe that the best way to solve the housing crisis in Waddington West is for North Kesteven District Council to build more council houses and buy some properties that are for sale.
At the start of my campaign I submitted a Freedom of Information request to North Kesteven District Council to find out how many council houses they own in the Waddington West ward. I had a feeling it wouldn’t be many given the demographics of the ward, but I was surprised and saddened when I read their response.
I asked them the following:
- How many homes in the Waddington West ward are council houses that are owned by North Kesteven District Council.
- how many properties in the Waddington West ward have North Kesteven District Council purchased to be used as council housing in the financial years 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, and 2017/18.
In the 2016/17 household survey conducted by North Kesteven District Council, just 3.8% of respondents in Waddington West said that they lived in rented accommodation.
In the 2018-21 NK Plan consultation, 36.6% of residents consulted in Waddington West said that access to council housing was one of the issues that needed the most improvement in the ward – the fourth highest in all of North Kesteven. 26.8% of residents said that struggles with the cost of living needed the most improvement.
Getting on the housing ladder for the vast majority of young people now is virtually impossible, and private rents are soaring higher and higher as the number of people needing to rent increases. The best answer to solving this problem is for North Kesteven District Council to build more council houses and buy some properties that are for sale.
With a growing population there must be the corresponding increase in funding for schools, healthcare, traffic, etc, and I will campaign for all of these things to be properly funded. That’s something the Tories in government have neglected since coming to power in 2010, and it’s something that a Labour government will immediately reverse.