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Held to account? But we’ve spent £100m on new homes

06 April, 2018

• ISLINGTON Labour is committed to building genuinely affordable homes for local people. If we are re-elected, we will build at least 550 more council homes, as part of delivering 1,900 genuinely affordable homes by 2022.

Despite massive Tory cuts to Islington Council – which will see its core central government funding cut by 70 per cent by 2020 – Islington Labour has made record investment in building genuinely affordable homes.

At the same time, the council carries out 50,000 repairs a year, with 85 per cent being done right first time – something that Islington Labour wants to improve on.

Claims in recent Islington Green Party leaflets that they will “hold the council to account on social housing” fail to acknowledge that in the last two years the Green councillor has voted against Islington Labour council budgets that have invested almost £100million in building new homes for social rent.

Had Islington Labour followed the example of the Green councillor, 331 fewer homes for social rent would have been built in Islington. If anyone needs holding to account for their record on supporting new social housing, it’s the Greens.

TRICIA CLARKE
Labour candidate, St George’s ward

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