Jeremy Corbyn has announced that a Labour government would impose new conditions on councils’ regeneration plans.
During his conference speech today, the Labour leader said there must be a rethink of “what are called regeneration schemes” following the Grenfell Tower fire disaster.
He added that regeneration is a “much abused word” that “too often means forced gentrification and social cleansing”.
Mr Corbyn said in order to ensure regeneration schemes benefited local people rather than private developers and speculators, a Labour government would impose two requirements.
The first would ensure people who live on estates earmarked for regeneration would be guaranteed a home on the same site and under the same terms.
The second would require council plans to be approved by a ballot of tenants and leaseholders.
Mr Corbyn also said Labour would make public services, politicians and business “truly accountable to communities”.
“The next Labour government will transform Britain by genuinely putting power in the hands of the people, the creative, compassionate and committed people of our country,” he added.
Yesterday leader of the Local Government Association’s Labour group reacted to criticism of Labour councils from delegates in the main conference hall by saying councillors must “fight” to make party members understand the challenges they face.
He added: “We need our party to be backing Labour councils. There is a new narrative developing that somehow Labour councils are not accountable. We are accountable when we look our constituents in the eye… don’t anybody say to me Labour councillors are not accountable.”