Housing has always been a problem in Bristol. Thousands of people are on the council’s waiting list for homes, tenants are evicted with limited notice and struggle to find alternative accommodation that is affordable, tenants report concerns about the maintenance and upkeep of rented properties and young people and families are struggling more than ever to afford Bristol’s increasing property and rent prices. We’ve also seen increasing numbers of street homeless, particularly in our city centre.
I want to do what I can to help improve Housing in Bristol. Not just to support the council in the building of new homes but to support Bills in Parliament that protect tenants rights to a safe home.
Housing in Bristol North West has always been the top local issue people ask for my help with. That’s why I’ve been working hard at improving housing from the very beginning of my time as your MP.
You can read my latest Housing and Development update here: Bristol North West Transport and Housing Plan (1)
My work on housing:
- In October, Darren welcomed additional funding to speed-up building of 50 new homes in Lockleaze. Darren also visited the Lockleaze Housing Festival to hear more about the plans.
- In August 2019, I welcomed news that a community-designed housing project ‘Astry Close’ was progressing in Lawrence Weston and 32 new council homes had been completed in Henbury. I also commented on a new report that detailed 210,000 children were now homeless in England and my views on what needs to be done to eliminate homelessness.
- In June 2019, I called for widespread increase in the number of council homes being built. I also visited a new residential home for veterans in Bristol North West.
- In April 2019, I welcomed news of the government’s intention to overhaul ‘no fault’ evictions under Section 21 and the ban on private tenants being charged letting fees from 1st June. I also called on the government to reinstate the £1billion per year they have cut from council homeless service budgets.
- In March 2019, I signed a joint letter calling on the government to ensure Fire Safety Regulations are updated to protect not only lives but people’s homes, schools and health care facilities.
- In January 2019, I wrote to Homes England asking for a funding deadline to be extended so new 40 new homes could be built in Lawrence Weston.
- In October 2018,I met with Housing Association Curo to discuss their plans to build 185 new homes, of which 95 will affordable, in Lawerence Weston.
- In September 2018, I voted in favour of higher fines for landlords or letting agents breaching the law limiting what tenants can be charged for.
- In August 2018, I commented on the release of the government’s Rough Sleeping Strategy and the much-delayed Social Housing Green Paper.
- In July 2018, I called on the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to publish the much-delayed Social Housing Green Paper.
- In June 2018, I backed Crisis’ ‘Everybody in’ campaign and welcomed news of £600,000 additional council funding to tackle homelessness in Bristol.
- In January 2018, I supported renters when he attended the second reading of the Homes (Fitness for Huamn Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill.
- In November 2017, I visited the team at Riverside’s Jamaica Street Project which support those homeless or at high-risk of homelessness. I also shared my concerns about the growing numbers of homeless and foodbank users across Bristol.
- In October 2017, I asked the government how they were planning to support people severely affected by interest rate rises.
- In July 2017, I called on the Housing Secretary to build more council homes in Bristol.