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LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE: COMPOSITE 20 (HOUSING)

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This conference warmly welcomes the election of a Labour government with values of justice and fair play. ...
This conference warmly welcomes the election of a Labour government with values of justice and fair play.

Conference believes that the rights of local authority and housing association tenants were severely eroded by the Tory government. We believe that all tenants of social housing, special needs housing and estates for the elderly should have good quality legal rights including rights to participate in all aspects of the provision, management and maintenance of their homes.

Conference calls upon the government to introduce requirements, regulations and legislation for all landlords and tenants in the social housing sector to ensure that tenants:

a. have good-quality rights in law to security of tenure, repairs, succession, information, consultation and participation;

b. are consulted about matters relating to the provision, management and maintenance of their homes and surrounding environment with specific consultation about financial matters including rent levels;

c. are able to influence and participate in decisions which affect the provision, management and maintenance of their homes with rights for tenants and their representatives to be full voting members of decision-making committees;

d. are able to become involved where they wish in forming tenants' associations with rights for such properly constituted organisations to be recognised by their landlord and to be consulted and involved in policy development and in all aspects of developing, monitoring and reviewing performance standards and service delivery relating to provision, management and maintenance of their homes and surrounding area:

e. have access to information, support, resources, advice and training including rights of access to independent information, advice and support to enable tenants to participate in management and in decision-making relating to provision, management, maintenance and the future of their homes;

f. are able, where they so choose, to develop tenant-led community-based housing organisations and co-operative housing schemes with no statutory or other regulations to prevent tenants from being able to be in a majority on any decision-making committees or boards of management.

Conference also calls upon the government to bring forward legislation aimed at empowering all residents within the private housing sector, particularly the homeless, asylum seekers and those otherwise vulnerable in the community.

Conference believes that the current leasehold regulations deny residents in flats and leased property any meaningful rights to consultation or control on all aspects of housing maintenance - particularly relating to the setting of service charges and their rights in relation to managing their property.

Conference calls on the Labour government to improve matters by passing legislation for leasehold reform to protect the right of leaseholders and enable leaseholders to buy the freehold of their properties more easily.

Conference notes the aims of Agenda 21 to provide decent affordable housing, ensuring it is in areas where services, schools and shops are accessible and calls on government to take this into account when new homes are built.

Moved by: Labour Housing Group

Seconded by: Brent South CLP

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