Cor­byn’s £75BN class war over new homes

Vow 100k to coun­cil build houses in five years... paid for by the rich

Scottish Daily Mail - - The Brexmas Election - By Daniel Martin Pol­icy Ed­i­tor

‘De­liver change for the many’

JEREMY Cor­byn will launch an as­sault on Bri­tain’s bil­lion­aires today as he un­veils an as­ton­ish­ing pledge to spend £75bil­lion on new coun­cil houses.

Launch­ing his man­i­festo, the Labour leader will say he is ready for at­tacks by the rich and pow­er­ful as he makes it clear his party is on the side of the ‘peo­ple’.

The cen­tre­piece of his ‘class-war’ elec­tion blue­print will be the largest coun­cil house­build­ing pro­gramme since the days of Cle­ment At­tlee just af­ter the Sec­ond World War.

The ‘hous­ing rev­o­lu­tion’ will fund the con­struc­tion of 100,000 coun­cil houses a year within five years, to­gether with another 50,000 af­ford­able homes for rent.

But it will raise huge con­cerns it will re­quire the con­cret­ing over of hun­dreds of acres of green belt.

The hous­ing an­nounce­ment is a ma­jor part of Labour’s most Left­wing man­i­festo since Michael Foot’s ‘sui­cide note’ of 1983.

Mr Cor­byn’ s pol­icy pro­pos­als for No 10 will also in­clude:

■ A whole­sale na­tion­al­i­sa­tion pro­gramme in­clud­ing rail com­pa­nies, the Royal Mail, wa­ter firms, the power grid and BT’s broadband arm;

■ A mas­sive in­crease in trade union power in­clud­ing a re­turn to col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing;

■ Rad­i­cal plans to snatch shares from big com­pa­nies and crack down on ex­ces­sive ex­ec­u­tive pay;

■ Higher taxes for almost two mil­lion peo­ple earn­ing more than £80,000 a year;

■ A rene­go­ti­a­tion of the Brexit deal, which would be put to a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum.

Launch­ing his man­i­festo in Birm­ing­ham, Mr Cor­byn will say that he ac­cepts ‘the hos­til­ity of the rich and pow­er­ful is in­evitable’ be­cause Labour is ‘on your side’.

‘They know we will de­liver our plans, which is why they want to stop us being elected,’ he will say. ‘This is a man­i­festo of hope. A man­i­festo that will bring real change.

‘A man­i­festo full of pop­u­lar poli­cies that the po­lit­i­cal es­tab­lish­ment has blocked for a gen­er­a­tion. So I ac­cept the im­pla­ca­ble op­po­si­tion and hos­til­ity of the rich and pow­er­ful is in­evitable.

‘I ac­cept the op­po­si­tion of the bil­lion­aires be­cause we will make those at the top pay their fair share of tax to help fund world­class pub­lic ser­vices for you. That’s real change.’

He will add: ‘You can trust us to do all this be­cause we’re op­posed by the vested in­ter­ests for stand­ing up for a dif­fer­ent kind of so­ci­ety. We’ll de­liver real change for the many and not the few.’

Labour’s house­build­ing pro­gramme will be paid for with fund­ing from a new ‘so­cial trans­for­ma­tion fund’. Labour says the new homes will be built to the high­est de­sign and en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards.

Hous­ing spokesman John Healey said: ‘The next Labour gov­ern­ment will kick-start a hous­ing rev­o­lu­tion, with the big­gest in­vest­ment in new coun­cil and so­cial homes for decades.

‘Labour’s trans­for­ma­tional hous­ing plans will mean thou­sands more gen­uinely af­ford­able homes for peo­ple on or­di­nary in­comes in ev­ery area of the coun­try.’

The Tories said the last Labour gov­ern­ment had ‘dec­i­mated’ so­cial hous­ing. Hous­ing Sec­re­tary Robert Jen­rick said: ‘Un­der the Con­ser­va­tives we’ve de­liv­ered 450,000 new af­ford­able homes, in­creased hous­ing sup­ply to its high­est level for almost 30 years and in­creased house­build­ing by 93 per cent in the last six years. We’ve com­mit­ted £9bil­lion to de­liver a fur­ther quarter of a mil­lion more af­ford­able new homes while con­tin­u­ing to build more homes – help­ing thou­sands more on to the property lad­der.’

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