Lib Dems highlight importance of affordable housing in tackling poverty

Willie Rennie
Willie Rennie

Meeting the needs for affordable housing is a particularly important step towards tackling poverty, cutting family living costs and building opportunities, the Scottish Liberal Democrats have said.

Unveiling its manifesto for the upcoming council elections, the party outlined a number of measures it would undertake to help local authorities be more effective in delivering its housing goals.

The manifesto says Lib Dem councillors will:

  • Support the building throughout Scotland of thousands more socially rented houses, using new funding methods such as pension funds and developers’ assets where possible;
  • Expand the supply of low cost housing options, particularly for young people;
  • Focus on overcoming rural poverty and lack of opportunities in rural areas, supporting rural transport and superfast broadband in particular;
  • Work to provide quality social and community care to all who need it;
  • Use councils’ negotiating and initiating clout to secure cheaper energy prices for local citizens by acting as either purchasers or generators of energy, as part of a programme to tackle the poverty premium that often means that people on the lowest incomes pay more for basic services;
  • Support the provision of fair and affordable banking, insurance and financial services, and the expansion of credit unions and advice services.
  • At the launch event in Inverkeithing, party leader Willie Rennie said he was confident the party could build on by-election wins and gain seats across Scotland.

    He said: “Local Liberal Democrat councillors have an impressive record of action and service for their communities. They work all year round for local people, not just at election time.

    “This year’s elections present an excellent opportunity to build on our by-election successes across the country with gains from all parties. We are contesting more wards and looking to win more seats on 4 May.

    “As the SNP and Greens put independence first, Liberal Democrats will put local people first. Scotland does not need another divisive independence referendum.”

    The Scottish Green Party manifesto can be read here.

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