There is a desperate shortage of socially rented housing in Birmingham. Thousands of local people live in overcrowded homes, with no hope of being re-housed.
We have homeless residents living for months in temporary accommodation, sometimes outside the City. Its time more than token action was taken.
The right to buy has gradually sold off council houses. The majority of those have ended up in the private rented sector and are no longer available at social rents.
The Thatcher government took all the money from council house sales, replacement social housing was never built.
The Lib Dems want to suspend the right to buy until more houses are built. We want 100,000 social houses a year to be built, with Birmingham getting its fair share. Housing is the most basic human need. Too little has been done about it for too long. We will lobby the government hard until it allows us to get our houses built.