New House of Commons analysis released shows that over two million private renting households in England currently pay more than a third of their income in rent.
Spending over a third of income on rent is considered by Shelter and others as a benchmark of whether private renters are paying too much in rent.
44% of private renters are spending over a third of their income on rent. In London this rises 68% or 709,000 households. In the North East 45% of private renters are spending over a third of their income on rent.
Official figures show that the building of homes for affordable home ownership has fallen to a 27 year low under the Conservatives and the number of new social rented homes has fallen by over 80%, so we are now building 30,000 fewer socially rented homes each year than under Labour making it harder for families to meet rising housing costs and impossible to build the homes the country needs.
Labour has pledged to build a million affordable homes over ten years including homes for living rent linked to a third of average local household incomes.
Living rent homes are part Labour’s long-term plan to establish new types of housing linked to what people can afford to pay, not what landlords or developers can get away with charging, and would form part of Labour’s programme to build more new homes of all types, for rent and for sale.
The failure to tackle the rising rent costs has hit the hopes of local people too. In Stevenage rent has increased from £730 monthly in 2013-14 to £882 in the last financial year. That’s an increase of £ 152 or 21 percent.
Commenting, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for housing John Healey MP said:
“After nine years of failure the Conservatives have no plan to fix the cost of housing crisis.
“Millions of people are paying more than they can really afford in monthly rent, while new social housebuilding has dropped to the lowest levels since the Second World War under this Government.
“Labour would build new ‘living rent’ homes priced to be affordable to those on ordinary incomes and young families so they have a bit more for the things they need and can save for a deposit to buy that special first home.”
Jill Borcherds, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Stevenage noted,
“The spiralling cost of private rent is a real issue in Stevenage. My 2 grown up sons now live and work in cities in the Midlands and North. In both cases, the private rent they pay is significantly less than they would pay in Stevenage. Both are working for national companies, if they worked in branches here their earnings would not reflect this difference.”