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Delivering on our promise to build 1,000 new council homes

New council tenants are to be handed their keys next week after the refurbishment of twenty two flats in Rushcroft Road.

The two-bedrooms properties are lifetime council homes at social rents and are being made available to local families in housing need. Work started after the site was cleared of squatters in 2013.

Lambeth's Labour councillors were elected on a promise to build 1,000 new council homes and the development shows that Labour is delivering on that promise.

Elsewhere in the borough, projects like Somerleyton Road and the Estate Regeneration programme will see an increase in the number of council rent homes available for local families.

With London in the grip of a housing crisis, the decision by the Tory-led Government to cut the affordable homes budget by 60% has made the situation worse. The number of homes built for social rent over the past year was the lowest in over 20 years and housebuilding is at the lowest level since the 1920s.

Cllr Matthew Bennett, Lambeth’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said:

“We have delivered the first new council homes in Brixton in a generation. These are lifetime council homes at proper social rents, being made available to local families in housing need.

“There are now 21,000 people on Lambeth's waiting list and homelessness has risen over the last year with about 1800 families now living in temporary accommodation. While the Government and the Mayor are failing to build the homes that local people need, we are committed as an administration to 1000 extra homes for council rent over the next four years.”

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