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Labour’s Local Election Campaign 2014

Helping people to live in a good Home

The national and London housing crisis equally applies to Sutton. We will take action to plan and build affordable homes for sale and rent and ensure that tenants of the borough whether privately renting or renting from the Council or other social landlords are fairly treated

Labour will:
1. Continue to be actively involved in partnerships with its Arm’s Length Management Organisation (ALMO), Sutton Housing Partnership, housing associations, the Co-operative sector and private sector, to provide good quality housing using planning and housing policy to plan or build 400 new homes a year over the next 4 years.

2. Examine the possibility of tenant led Community Land Trust's holding housing land for the provision of affordable housing and support self-build housing projects

3. Develop Mutual Housing Co-ops, via a tenant ownership cooperative supported by a secondary housing co-operative. We will also seek to promote Tenant Management Co-operatives normally formed via Tenant Associations.

4. Use money from capital receipts to provide new social housing and encourage Housing Associations to buy existing houses. We will have a target to bring 500 empty properties locally back into use

5. Call for a Strategic Partners asset management strategy to manage public sector land in the borough to provide more affordable housing

6. Support a proper registration scheme for Landlords and letting agents and collaborate with any local authority led lettings agency

7. Look at the options of working with London Councils to bring back a local authority mortgage scheme.

8. Ensure that the Council, as well as being a housing enabler, will continue to be a provider of housing and recognise the clear decision of 82% of Tenants and Leaseholders voted who voted to set up the Sutton Housing Partnership ALMO to bring investment into the borough.

9. Recognise that only 9% of tenants and leaseholders have expressed support for further change such as stock transfer to a housing association. We strongly respect that and will oppose a transfer.

10. Ensure the current repairs service is fully reformed and if necessary recontracted (with in-house and co-operative options considered) in consultation with tenants

11. Ensure there will be only reasonable and affordable increases in Council rents for the next four years.

12. Transfer the cost of maintaining estate greens, unadopted estate roads, footpaths, playgrounds, trees as well as freeholder section 116 services from the Housing Revenue Account to the General Account.

13. Conduct a full review of the points based rent system to ensure that the balance of points is right and that local people can clearly see they are not discriminated against in terms of allocations. We will also reward commitment to our community by local people by restoring the previous succession to tenancy rules to recognise tenants who have lived in their own family home for a very long time.

14. Expect the Sutton Housing Partnership to maintain strong support the Sutton Federation of Tenants and Residents Associations and continue to help it develop

15. Support a Garden Maintenance Scheme for elderly and disabled residents.

16. Take action to assist those affected by the Bedroom Tax prior to abolition by a Labour Government by where possible reclassifying properties


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