Wandsworth’s Housing Offer: A homeless crisis, unfair rents & favours for developers

Speech to Wandsworth Council, 28 January 2015

This paper covers council rents, money to tackle the homelessness crisis and elements of councillor Govindia’s new housing strategy. There are positive and negative sides to each.

On council rents, the average increase this year will be 2.2%. This is fair – but in reality almost no one will actually pay it.

Sometimes you just have to look at a policy and apply a common sense check. 10,000 of our tenants will get less than £1 a week rent rise but 3,500 households on historically lower rents will get more than £8 a week rent rise, with almost nothing in between. Continue reading

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Let’s Talk: A chance to have your say tomorrow at York Gardens

Latchmere councillors Tony Belton, Wendy Speck and Simon Hogg with Harriet Harman MP and Senia Dedic in York Gardens Library

Latchmere councillors Tony Belton, Wendy Speck and Simon Hogg with Harriet Harman MP and Senia Dedic in York Gardens Library

Tomorrow evening you have the chance to deliver your verdict on a wide range of local services and highlight areas of concern.

The leader of the council and senior Town Hall managers will join your local Labour councillors – Tony Belton, Wendy Speck and me – to answer your questions at York Gardens Library from 7.30pm. (People who are unable to attend on Thursday, July 19 can email questions in advance to www.wandsworth.gov.uk/letstalk.)

Hopefully you heard about the event from all the posters that are up, and the Latchmere leafets that have gone through every door in the neighbourhood!

Topics that crop up regularly at these meetings include street cleaning, recycling, parking, public transport and the NHS. Tony, Wendy and I will be speaking about three areas we think are a priority – these are: Continue reading