UK Towns and cities keywords:
Workers on Tory 'living' wage can't afford Tory 'starter homes'
Megan Ollerhead, Private tenant
David Cameron announced at Conservative Party conference that he is on a "national crusade" to build 200,000 'starter homes'.
This was met with typical adulation from the mainstream capitalist media.
However, research by homelessness charity Shelter reveals they will only be "affordable" for people earning upwards of £50,000 a year - or £77,000 in London.
There are only three places in England the homes would be cheap enough to buy on the new £9 'National Living (minimum) Wage': Barrow-in-Furness, Southport, and Hull.
These places may be cheap. But they have some of the highest rates of child poverty and fuel poverty in the country. This is a direct result of cuts which began under Labour and continued under the Tories with gusto.
Cameron's approach will never solve the problem. The tens of thousands who marched against the Tories on 4 October know it. Policies like this only make it more difficult for Generation Rent to continue renting, let alone buy our own homes.
Expanding the private property sector will not solve the affordability crisis. Only rent caps, and a mass programme of council house building, can address extortionate private rents and the demand for really affordable, quality housing.
And social development charity the Joseph Rowntree Foundation estimates a real living wage would already be £9.20 - without taking into account rent increases since 2008. The Socialist Party fights for rent caps, more social homes and a minimum wage of £10 an hour now.
Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777
Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206
Regional Socialist Party organisers:
Eastern: 0798 202 1969
East Mids: 0773 797 8057
London: 020 8988 8786
North East: 0191 421 6230
North West 07769 611 320
South East: 020 8988 8777
South West: 07759 796 478
Southern: 07833 681910
Wales: 07935 391 947
West Mids: 02476 555 620
Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551