Sir George Young, MP for North West Hampshire, pledged his support this week to Shelter’s ‘Now is the Time’ campaign, which calls on the government to end the nation’s housing crisis.
The charity launched the campaign with ‘Breaking Point’, a new report which revealed the desperate sacrifices people are making to keep a roof over their heads, including spending less on food, selling possessions, borrowing from friends and family and depriving their children of treats.
The research based on a YouGov survey of 6,799 adults in Great Britain showed that almost a million families in the South East are suffering from stress or depression due to today’s housing costs.
The report sets out a detailed 12 point plan to tackle the affordability crisis including calls on the Government to carry out its promise to build three million new homes by 2020, and meet its target to build 45,000 social rented homes every year by 2011.
The plan also calls for mortgage lenders to use repossession only as a last resort, and provide more help and support to homeowners; and for the Government to review property taxation to make the system fairer, including council tax, stamp duty, inheritance tax and capital gains tax.
Welcoming the parliamentary launch of the campaign in the House of Commons on Monday 7th July 2008, Sir George Young MP said:
“I am pleased to back Shelter’s "Now is the Time" campaign to make sure that everyone has an affordable and decent place to call home. We need to build more homes, protect people who are facing housing difficulties and make the housing system fairer.”
Thanking Sir George for his support of the campaign, Adam Sampson, Chief Executive of Shelter, said:
“With repossessions soaring, private sector rents rising, thousands stuck on the council housing waiting list and thousands more in temporary accommodation, we must all work together to tackle the housing affordability crisis.
Shelter is delighted that Sir George Young MP has signed up to this campaign and his support will be instrumental in persuading Government ministers to build more homes, protect people at risk and end the housing divide. Now is the time to right housing wrongs.”
Sir George Young MP is pictured holding up the time he pledged support for Shelter’s Now Is the Time campaign. Members of the public can do their bit by visiting www.shelter.org.uk/nowisthetime