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 accomodation 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 habital 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)
You can take part in my Housing Survey and read the latest updates below.
A Housing Survey is now live for constituents to share their views and experiences of housing in Bristol North West. The feedback given will help to shape Darren’s future work on housing.
What has Darren done on Housing?
- In January 2019, Darren 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, Darren 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, Darren voted in favour of higher fines for landlords or letting agents breaching the law limiting what tenants can be charged for.
- In August 2018, Darren commented on the release of the government’s Rough Sleeping Strategy and the much-delayed Social Housing Green Paper.
- In July 2018, Darren called on the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to publish the much-delayed Social Housing Green Paper.
- In June 2018, Darren backed Crisis’ ‘Everybody in’ campaign and welcomed news of £600,000 additional council funding to tackle homelessness in Bristol.
- In January 2018, Darren supported renters when he attended the second reading of the Homes (Fitness for Huamn Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill.
- In November 2017, Darren visited the team at Riverside’s Jamaica Street Project which support those homeless or at high-risk of homelessness. Darren also shared his concerns about the growing numbers of homeless and foodbank users across Bristol.
- In October 2017, Darren asked the government how they were planning to support people severely affected by interest rate rises.
- In July 2017, Darren called on the Housing Secretary to build more council homes in Bristol.
Darren and his team have also supported more than 400 individuals with Housing related cases.