Unite the Union

Unite the Union

September 27, 2007 07:50 ET

Unite welcomes the government's commitment to new council house building

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Sept. 27, 2007) - The UK's largest trade union has welcomed the Housing Minister's commitment to allow local authorities to build newcouncil housing.

In a speech to the Labour Party conference today Housing Minister Yvette Cooper said it was time to allow local authorities to be able to bid for funds to and invest in new council house building.

Unite head of the Public Sector and Assistant General Secretary, Gail Cartmail, said:

"For the past three years trade unions and constituencies have voted in support of local authorities being able to be able to invest in maintaining and building new council homes and finally the government has said it can happen.

"The Prime Minister has acknowledged the need to tackle the crisis in affordable housing and as housing associations and private developers alone have failed to deliver the number of homes that are needed sit's obvious that local Authorities should be allowed to build new homes for people in desperate need. Now the government has to deliver."

Contact Information

  • Unite Press Office
    Catherine Bithell
    07958 473 224