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Andrew backs the Homes for Britain campaign


Andrew has given his support to the national Homes for Britain campaign to ensure people have access to decent affordable housing.

Andrew said, "I support the Homes for Britain campaign's call on the Government to make home ownership a realistic hope for working people and rents affordable by building homes."

"There is a desperate shortage of affordable housing across Oxford. I see the human impact of this all the time in my advice surgeries and on my frequent doorstep calls round the constituency. Not enough homes are being built for our growing population because Oxford's tightly drawn local authority boundaries severely limit the City Council's ability to build. This makes a conclusive case for extensions to the city, which I believe can and must be done in a way which enhances the environment, and safeguards the flood plains and ecologically important areas."

"Land available within the city is rapidly being used up. I welcome plans to include over a hundred affordable housing units in the Oxpens development and over three hundred at Barton. The development of the Westgate area will generate millions of pounds for the City Council to spend on affordable housing which suits the needs of people with the greatest need who are highest on the waiting lists, but it is crucial that there are environmentally sustainable sites to put them on."

The lack of affordable housing is one of the biggest problems facing residents across Oxford. The average house price in Oxford East is 12.3 times the average salary, making the constituency one of the least affordable in the country. 

Home for Britain is a campaign led by a coalition of more than 80 organisations from across the housing sector. It brings together homelessness charities, developers and, landlords and planners, housing associations and tenants' organisations.

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