Search

Islington Council leader urges Philip Hammond: ‘Use Autumn Budget to help us build affordable homes’

PUBLISHED: 11:40 16 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:40 16 November 2017

Left, Islington Council leader Richard Watts. Right, chancellor Philip Hammond. Pictures: Islington Council/Press Association

Left, Islington Council leader Richard Watts. Right, chancellor Philip Hammond. Pictures: Islington Council/Press Association

Archant

The leader of Islington Council has written to Chancellor Philip Hammond urging the government to lift legislation which stops the town hall building more council homes.

Ahead of the Autumn Budget on Wednesday, Cllr Richard Watts asked Mr Hammond to lift Housing Revenue Account Borrowing Cap, which would give the council more money to build homes.

Cllr Watts also demanded the government ends its plans, due to come into force in April, to make authorities to sell off “high value” council homes.

He said this week: “To tackle the housing crisis head-on, we need the government to give us the freedoms we need.

“The measures we are asking for are sensible and could be done straightaway. Having the ability to build more council homes, protect existing ones and prevent homelessness, would allow us to make a real difference for local working people.

“It’s now down to the Chancellor.”

Latest Islington News Stories

11:30

A former police office and Stoke Newington RAF cadet is now serving his country in another way – after his call handling start-up app was given permission to be contracted by the government.

Yesterday, 20:06

A man in his 40s is in hospital after being stabbed in Stroud Green this morning.

Friday, August 17, 2018

The curtain could finally be raised on a forgotten 400-seat underground theatre beneath Islington Green – a decade after it was built.

Friday, August 17, 2018

A popular Blackstock Road boozer was reportedly ordered to close on Wednesday because of an ongoing licensing dispute.

Friday, August 17, 2018

City and Islington College (CANDI) students are “over the moon” after bagging places at some of the “world’s best universities” on an emotional A-level results day.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Crew members at Islington Fire Station raised £316 for a “wonderful” cause by hosting a charity car wash.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Cheery 236 bus driver Nelson Campos tells the Gazette why he loves his current route between Islington and Hackney – and reminisced about working for the home office, courts and the police.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

The headteacher of North Bridge House Senior Canonbury has lauded the efforts of his students on A-level results day.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Fostering older teenagers means giving them the skills for life as an adult. Here, a supportive lodgings carer with Islington Council and young adult who has left care share their stories

Newsletter Sign Up

Islington Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now