Where the parties stand on housing?


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This is a guide to political parties' positions on Housing including house building, home ownership and social housing:

Conservative

Main pledges

  • 200,000 homes built for first-time buyers aged under 40, at 20% discount

  • New Help to Buy ISA’s for first-time buyers to help them get a deposit for a house

  • Keep mortgage rates low so families are more financially secure

  • Extend the Help to Buy equity loan scheme to 2020

Labour

Main pledges

  • Get 200,000 homes built a year by 2020

  • Long term tenancy agreements in the private sector and a cap on rent increases

  • Encourage banks to fund 125,000 new homes for first time buyers in England

  • Prioritise capital investment in housing to build more affordable homes

Lib Dems

Main pledges

  • Increase housebuilding to 300,000 a year

  • Set in motion at least 10 new Garden Cities

  • 30,000 Rent to Own homes a year by 2020

  • Ban landlords from letting out poorly insulated homes

UKIP

Main pledges

  • Prioritise social housing for people with parents born locally

  • Protect greenbelt by making it easier to build on previously developed land

  • Establish a brownfield agency to provide grants and loans

  • Referendums on major planning decisions

Green

Main pledges

  • Build 500,000 social rental homes by 2020

  • Bring empty homes back into use

  • Cap rent and introduce longer tenancies

  • Abolish the right to buy council homes

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Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election/2015/manifesto-guide

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