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Our three step plan to ending crisis

We the undersigned ask Cambridge City Council to commit to ending the cities housing crisis by:

1. Taking ownership and responsibility for empty properties, renovating them for use as public housing.

There are almost 900,000 empty homes in Britain. And the Crisis charity has estimated that there are 400,000 'hidden homeless'В, on top of the almost 150,000 officially newly homeless households. Councils have the power to take over homes left empty for over six months for no good reason. Some 375,000 homes in England have now been empty for this amount of time.

2. Ensuring that no one is thrown out of their home or made homeless through house repossession.

The taxpayer effectively owns Northern Rock, Bradford & Bingley, Royal Bank of Scotland and HBOS - having spent billions of our money to bail them out. There is no reason why the government should not ban home repossessions by these banks. Instead the part-nationalised banks are repossessing people's homes more aggressively. Northern Rock was the first bank to be nationalised and It repossessed 3,710 homes in the first six months of this tax year - over 20 a day. Local councils are left to pick up the mess. The Council should demand the government stop evictions and repossessions. Instead of selling the house to speculators they should be handed to the councils to manage.

3. Committing to a rapid program of council house building.

We should oppose unnecessary demolition and selling off any council homes and demand extra government funds to bring all voids up to the Decent Homes standard so they can be let to council tenants . The Council should identify public land to build new council housing on and carry out a feasibility study into building new first class council housing. They should check for good quality empty private housing developments and suggest the council open negotiations to buy them at a discount to be let as council tenancies.

Sincerely,

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