Everyone in Dartford should be able to own their own home. But home ownership is now at its lowest level since the 1980s and the average deposit has risen to over £40,000.
Although we see new developments springing up around the town, for many families and would be first time buyers, home ownership remains out of reach. The Conservatives have presided over the lowest level of house building in peacetime since the 1920s and the consequence is that families are being priced out of the housing market.
We think that much more should to done to ensure local people can get on the housing ladder. For example, we want to see first time buyers given priority when new homes are built in Dartford. All local people should have a home to call their own.
Dartford Council should be ensuring that all new housing developments deliver at least 30% of affordable housing. However, too often we see them fail to hold developers to account when affordable homes are not delivered. They need to get tougher. In Dartford, the number of affordable houses being built is woefully inadequate. That means local people find it increasingly difficult to get on the housing ladder. 34% of all homes in Dartford are rented and we know that many people want to buy, but are simply priced out of the market.
This Saturday, Labour will be out talking to local people about their concerns. Are you struggling to get on the housing ladder? Do you feel there aren’t enough affordable homes in Dartford? We’ll be in the high street and on the doorstep on Saturday morning – it would be great to hear from you.
Even better – if you want to help us with our campaign– come to 99 Kent Road, Dartford at 10.30am. Everyone is welcome.
PS - Labour has launched a petition calling on the government to build the homes families need. The petition is available at: