We need social homes not second homes
Penzance needs social housing
Private tenants need less anxiety and more security
Fair treatment for private tenants
Our community desperately needs decent quality, genuinely affordable, secure homes
Cornelius Olivier, or Labour Cornwall Councillor for Penzance Central Ward – and Candidate for the New Division of Penzance East – said:
To deal with this I am constantly pushing the council to provide social housing for Penzance. It’s great to see 24 LiveWest homes replacing derelict buildings on the Penwith Depot site, also a few dozen new affordable homes at St Clare but as there are many hundreds of local households needing housing, it’s nowhere near enough.
Because of the serious problems facing many private tenants, I successfully called for and led a Council Scrutiny Inquiry into private rented housing in Cornwall. We found that many local families are living in private rented homes that are poorly maintained, insecure, and too expensive. One in three children under five live with the insecurity of a short-term private tenancy and 50% of private rental homes in Cornwall fall below the official standard for a Decent Home.
Our Report to the council recommended the introduction of a licensing scheme for private landlords to improve standards in those areas with the most problems. These are Newquay, Redruth, Pool, Camborne and Penzance. We also called on the government to make three-year tenancies standard for private tenants.
We need local homes not second homes
Nearly 7000 second/holiday homeowners in Cornwall are using a tax loophole to avoid paying either Council Tax or Business Rates.
This annual subsidy costs £11 million a year.
Cornwall Councillors have backed Olivier’s calls to scrap this dodge and use the £11 million to provide social housing.
And for Second Homes to pay an additional Council Tax levy to be used to provide housing for local people.
The government needs to let the council do this.