Council housing – a Liberal legacy

Council housing is often unfairly stigmatised, but now is the time to celebrate it.

“Liberal Democrat councils around the country are stepping up to deliver new council housing

After World War I, Liberal MP and Prime Minister David Lloyd George pledged “to make Britain a fit country for heroes to live in”.

The 1919 Housing Act was the first step in nationwide provision of good-quality council homes – in the words of Lloyd George, ‘homes fit for heroes’.

It was followed, years later, by two more Acts that heralded the construction of more homes, including replacing slum dwellings and houses bombed out during World War II.

I am extremely proud of our party’s role in delivering this landmark in Britain’s history.

Liberal Democrat councils around the country are stepping up to deliver new council housing with the hard-fought-for additional freedoms and flexibilities that removing the housing borrowing cap has allowed – or working with housing associations to reach the same goal.

We have no excuses not to deliver now, so we need to pull our fingers out and get on with it.

Let us build some new council homes without waiting for World War III to prompt us into action.

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