I will build 5000 sustainable homes including council houses and affordable homes.
As someone who grew up in a council flat, I understand the value of a secure home and my strategy for West Yorkshire will help to deliver more genuinely affordable homes. I will take advantage of brownfield and infill sites, work with a range of social, community, co-operative and local authority housing providers to build 5,000 affordable homes with sustainability at their heart.
I will work with Co-operative and community-led groups across West Yorkshire to ensure the 500 homes currently planned are built, and accelerate ambitions by working with these groups on supplying land and accessing finance. I will ensure eco developers can fulfil their vision of creating low carbon, community-owned homes.
I will work with all housing providers to ensure we get the right mix of housing for our older people. I will establish a Dementia Ready Housing Taskforce to ensure all our older people’s housing and related services are dementia friendly.
I will undertake an audit of accommodation available for those fleeing domestic violence, and ensure that there is sufficient accommodation for all those that need it.
As Mayor, I will work with disability groups and housing providers to develop a strategy to ensure there is an adequate supply of houses built to inclusive design standards, and work with local authorities to review the enforcement of building standards and the adaptation of existing houses. I will work to deliver a West Yorkshire Accessible Housing register.
Many people who want social housing cannot access it, and are forced into the private rented sector. I will instruct the Co-operative Development and Community Wealth Building Unit to work on developing a not-for-profit West Yorkshire Social Letting Agency.
Homelessness is a stain on our society and I will work with partners such as Housing First to ensure no one has to sleep rough and that young people are supported when sofa-surfing into affordable accommodation.