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Housing strategy "totally inadequate", claim Lib Dems
The Liberal Democrats criticised Richmond Council’s housing strategy for the next four years as being “totally inadequate”.
The plans were approved by the council's cabinet at a meeting on January 16, with a focus on helping vulnerable people to live independent lives.
Grants will be provided for disabled households on low incomes, such as fitting stair-lifts or specially-adapted showers.
But the Lib Dems accused Richmond’s Tory-led administration of failing to deliver an analysis of future housing needs in the borough, such as setting affordable housing targets.
Leader of the opposition Councillor Stephen Knight said: “In the face of the worst housing crisis in London over the next decade, the Tory administration has come up with a totally inadequate housing strategy.
“It fails to offer any analysis of the housing needs of local residents or how these might be met.
“There is no target for increasing the supply of affordable homes - in fact there are no supply side targets at all within the document.
“If the Lib Dems are elected to run the council in May we will make it a priority to significantly boost the supply of affordable homes across the borough to make sure ordinary families are not pushed out of our borough.”
In the strategy for 2013-17, a clampdown on housing tenancy fraud and antisocial behaviour are also outlined.
The council said that between April 2006 to March 2010, 394 new build affordable homes and “purchase and repair” homes were provided.
Between April 2010 and March 2014 the council said it will have delivered 433 homes, with 394 homes completed and a further 39 to be finished by March.
Richmond Council cabinet member for housing Councillor David Marlow said: “Ensuring that registered social landlords provide good quality affordable homes and protecting our most vulnerable residents is at the heart of the council’s housing strategy.
“By working closely with the private and public sectors, the London Mayor, as well as central Government, we can tackle the borough’s housing needs.
“We will always do what we can to help our most vulnerable residents which is why helping elderly and disabled residents to continue to live independently within our community forms a major part of this four-year strategy.”
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