Labour reject Lib Dem housing proposals for community inclusion and retrofit

As part of budget setting processes, proposals from Liberal Democrat City Councillors to increase funding to help isolated older residents and for retrofitting existing homes was rejected last night by the Labour ruling-group.

Lib Dem Housing Spokes Jamie Dalzell said

"Labour’s housing budget didn't bring forward any new schemes to address growing inequality or the climate emergency.  All they proposed was a minor increase in funding to assist council house sales and cash to replace a stolen van.

"It is increasingly clear that Labour only have one plan which is stalling because it depends on funding from our deeply dysfunctional national government.  They are in a holding pattern but we are in the middle of a pandemic and a climate emergency. We need action on these now and have the resources to do something ourselves.

"We therefore brought an amendment that would fund an additional Community Inclusion Officer to work with and for older residents in sheltered housing to help reconnect with local communities. We also brought forward proposals for additional funding to help retrofit our Council homes, which would help reduce fuel poverty and combat the climate crisis.

"Sadly party politics seems to trump these priorities for the Labour party and they rejected these ideas, even when they had nothing to propose themselves.”

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