DOUBLE: “Only a Conservative Government will build a new generation of social housing linked to a new right to buy”
GILBERT: “It’s time to reward nurses and teachers”.
Steve Double, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for St Austell and Newquay, has started the week’s General election campaigning in Cornwall by welcoming the proposal that a Conservative Government will offer to ‘strike new deals with councils and housing associations, giving them funding, capacity support and new powers to build a new generation of homes for social rent’.
Commenting, Steve said:
“Here in Mid-Cornwall there is a shortage of social housing with long waiting lists which means local people often struggle to find affordable accommodation that is right for them. This is a long-standing problem that needs to be addressed for the future of our young people.”
“In recent years, Cornwall Council has struggled to implement affordable housing policy for the good of the people of Cornwall, despite the Government allocating £5 million to Community Land Trusts from the second home levy specifically for Cornwall. However following the recent local election results I believe that a new Conservative-led Cornwall Council will enjoy much greater success.”
Under the deals, the Government would give councils and housing associations funding and make available house building capability from the Homes and Communities Agency. Councils would be able to assemble land, including derelict buildings or unused pocket sites, more easily under reformed compulsory purchase rules.
“However, the vast majority of people have a desire to buy and own their own homes” added Steve Therefore, to help people realise this aim, the deals would require a proportion of the social homes built to be sold after ten to fifteen years, allowing increases in land and housing value to be reinvested in new social housing over time. The tenant would receive the first right to buy on the property at the point of sale.”
GILBERT: It’s time to reward nurses and teachers.
Commenting on the news that Tory Steve Double suggests he supports social housing, Stephen Gilbert Double’s main rival for the St Austell & Newquay seat said:
“Giving the Tories the keys to social housing policy would be a bit like inviting the burglar over, cooking them some dinner and then going out for the night. All we’ve seen from the Tories is the selling off of our social housing and a failure to replace it.”
Meanwhile, ex MP Gilbert says he backs plans that would give at least a £527 pay rise to nurses.
When an MP, Stephen Gilbert launched and then led the successful campaign that stopped the Conservative’s regional public pay policy. Now Liberal Democrats have announced that they would end years of pay restraint for nurses, teachers and police in Cornwall and abolish the 1% cap on public sector pay and increase wages in line with inflation.
Stephen Gilbert said:
“A few years ago I stopped the Tories paying our public sector workers less and now it’s time our teachers and nurses and others got the pay rise they need.”
“Public workers in Cornwall are facing a double-blow at the hands of this Conservative government, with years of pitiful increases to pay combined with a Brexit squeeze caused by soaring inflation. This will mean that by 2021, the average nurse will be nearly £4000 worse off under the Tories.”
Liberal Democrat plans would see police pay boosted by a minimum of £471 and nurses getting a pay rise of at least £527 as well as a boost for teachers too.
Stephen Gilbert added:
“Our NHS and schools are already struggling to recruit the staff they need. Living standards are falling, prices are rising – and the Tories don’t care.”