Britain is facing a crisis on housing

Public meeting called by MP Kevin Barron over the future of Dinnington miners welfare club (w110613-6d)
Public meeting called by MP Kevin Barron over the future of Dinnington miners welfare club (w110613-6d)

Britain faces the biggest housing crisis in a generation with less than half the number of new homes we need being built.

The Government refuses to do anything about it.Their record is shocking with house building now at the lowest level since the 1920s.

Many young people have all but given up on their dreams of ever owning their own homes. While the flexibility of renting may suit some, others have been forced into the private rented sector as the only available option.

It’s not just young people who are affected though.

In England nine million people are living in rented homes today, over a million families, and over two million children.

Renters in Yorkshire & the Humber are now paying on average £384 a year more in rent than they did in 2010.

They face rip-off charges by letting agents, unpredictable jumps in their rent and insecure tenancies.

These problems affect too many people. That’s why we need to take action to reform the private rented sector so tenants and landlords can both get a fair deal.

I would like to see the law changed to make three-year tenancies the norm and help protect against excessive rent increases to give tenants the stability they deserve.

I would also like to see action taken to ban unfair letting agents’ fees for tenants, saving renters an average of £350 in costs.

The private rental market has changed and now the law has to as well. We need to improve the private rented sector to end the unfairness.

The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) is currently taking applications for their 2014 Awards. The CSJ Awards recognise charities or voluntary organisations from local communities throughout the UK that are working to tackle the root causes of poverty.

Applicants must be a voluntary group with charitable objectives (or a registered charity), working directly with people living in social or financial poverty in the UK, seeking solutions that will help people out of poverty, and operating on an annual turnover of less than £3 million.

Winning organisations will receive a £10,000 prize and will be profiled at a ceremony in London in October.

The deadline for applications is Friday, 6th June.

For more information and application forms visit

Each year the British Red Cross runs the Humanitarian Citizen Award, recognising the extraordinary things young people across the country do every day to help people in their local communities.

This award scheme is open to anyone aged 25 or under and celebrates the achievements of young people in one of four categories; first aid, volunteering, community action and fundraising.

All nominees will receive a certificate celebrating their nomination and their achievements communicated throughout the Red Cross networks.

Nominations can be completed online at and are open until 27th July.

A growing personal debt crisis is gripping Britain, as research shows two in five people struggle to make it to payday.

Millions are now taking out payday loans and debt management plans to cope with the cost of living and debt repayment.

I will be supporting the proposed amendments that have been put forward to the Consumer Rights Bill to try and ensure the best support and protections are in place for people who find themselves in financial difficulty.

I will also be supporting efforts to ensure that firms can’t make excessive profits from people in debt and to raise awareness of the excellent work being done by charities and voluntary organisations in this field, including credit unions.