Liberal Democrats on Torbay Council are set to demand that the Council borrow to invest in affordable housing for local people.
Tormohun Liberal Democrat Councilor Mandy Darling Said “We have 3000 households on the waiting list for affordable housing in Torbay. And half the national average at 8% of the number of available social homes. Nationally the Conservatives are bleeding money away from supporting such provision and so we feel that the Council needs to step up to the mark to ensure those homes that are desperately needed in the Bay are provided.”
She went on to say “over recent years we have borrowed over £7 million to spend on Rock walk and Princes Prom. We feel it is time to use some of this money for improving peoples lives by giving them decent homes to live in.”
The motion is as follows:
That the Council formally objects to the Mayor’s capital budget proposals on the basis that:
This Council notes that the emerging Government policy in respect of the development of social housing means that funding for this provision will effectively end. Torbay also has less than half the national average of the number of affordable homes as part of our housing stock. In light of this, the Council should permit borrowing to facilitate a programme of affordable housing up to the value of an additional £2.5 million to ensure the provision of social housing in Torbay.
In accordance with the Constitution at F3.9, the Council therefore requires the Mayor to consider this objection by 10 am on 19 February 2016 either:
a) submit a revision of the draft Capital Plan as amended by the elected Mayor (the “revised draft Capital Plan”), with the reasons for any amendments made to the draft Capital Plan, to the Council for its consideration; or
b) inform the Council of any disagreement that the elected Mayor has with any of the Council’s objections and his reasons for any such disagreement.
Proposed by Councillor Darling (M)
Seconded by Councillor Darling (S)
contact: Cllr Mandy Darling 07919 566606