Fix­ing In­ver­cargill’s hous­ing cri­sis

The Invercargill Eye - - CONVERSATIONS -

come home to at the end of the day?

For­tu­nately, Labour has a plan.

Firstly, we’ll make sure all ren­tals are warm and dry, by set­ting min­i­mum in­su­la­tion, heat­ing and drainage stan­dards that all rental prop­er­ties must meet.

For land­lords and home­own­ers who need help up­grad­ing their prop­er­ties, $2000 grants will be avail­able to as­sist with im­prove­ments to in­su­la­tion and heat­ing.

Se­condly, we’ll stop sell­ing off our state houses and build some new ones, so qual­ity af­ford­able hous­ing is avail­able to those in most need.

Our win­ter en­ergy pay­ment will also en­sure pen­sion­ers and ben­e­fi­cia­ries can af­ford to heat their homes in win­ter.

This will be $450 a year for a sin­gle per­son and $700 for a cou­ple or those with chil­dren, paid in monthly pay­ments from May to September.

For many fam­i­lies, like the one I vis­ited, these changes can’t come soon enough.

But for this to hap­pen we need to change the gov­ern­ment.

A party vote for Labour is a vote for de­cent hous­ing.

A can­di­date vote for Dr Liz Craig will en­sure I can see these changes through here in In­ver­cargill.

Dr Liz Craig is the Labour can­di­date for In­ver­cargill.

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Dr Liz Craig, Labour can­di­date for In­ver­cargill in the 2017 gen­eral elec­tion.

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