Local Government Finance

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:30 pm on 27th November 1996.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn , Islington North 3:30 pm, 27th November 1996

May I ask the Minister to get off his high horse on housing policies and start encouraging and allowing local authorities to build and buy housing at affordable rents? That is not only a method of solving the housing crisis and taking many people out of bed and breakfast and other accommodation, but a way in which we can save a great deal of public money, which is currently lining the pockets of private sector—often millionaire—landlords through spending on the housing benefit system. That money should be spent on local authority housing, so that we can have low rents and decent housing for people to live in.