Residents struggling to get on the housing ladder and people needing affordable homes will be at the heart of a raft of policies promised by Stephen Williams, the Lib Dem candidate for regional mayor.
Stephen Williams pledged to make affordable housing a top priority if he is elected on 4thMay, at a crammed event at Walcot Hall in Bath over the weekend. He spoke of his desire to build more affordable homes, to work with housing associations to bring down the cost of houses and to bring suitable unused accommodation in both public and private sectors back into residential use.
During his time as a local government minister, Stephen Williams successfully pioneered a programme for delivering new homes that saved residents hundreds of pounds in their fuel bills, whilst at the same time cutting carbon emissions.
Speaking at the event, Stephen Williams said:
“The Liberal Democrats and I believe that access to decent and affordable housing is a fundamental right. But the failure to build enough houses is making home-ownership increasingly unaffordable in Bristol and Bath. By focusing on increasing the number of homes we can improve people’s lives by giving them decent homes to live in.
“We desperately need genuinely affordable housing. I have been speaking to many residents across the region, who tell me in no uncertain terms that they suffer daily from poor housing, or from the uncertainty of not knowing where they will be living from one month to the next, or even from the misery of knowing they will never earn enough money to be able to afford their own home. I will make it a priority to increase the number of affordable homes and ensure new homes are built with enhanced bus and rail services.
“Only the Liberal Democrats have a real commitment to moving the region forward by making affordable housing a priority.”
On being asked by a member of the audience about the other candidates standing to be the regional mayor, Stephen Williams added:
“This election is a clear choice between me and the inexperienced, Brexit-backing Tory candidate.”