Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, recently surveyed her constituents’ views on housing. Hundreds of people took part, including homeowners, council and housing association tenants, and private renters. The survey highlighted the growing housing crisis in England and the concerns of people in Wolverhampton.

Emma said: “I wanted to thank everyone who responded to my local housing consultation. I know all too well the insecurity and anxiety caused by housing problems. This is a topic which is close to my heart. It is important that I hear the views of my constituents about housing and other issues.”

Speaking about the findings, Emma said: “Home owners were concerned about repossession and interest rates rising, and more than half were very worried about having to sell their home to pay for their old age care in the future.

“For those who don’t own their own home or who have children and grandchildren trying to get on the property ladder, more than half identified saving up for a deposit as a barrier, and a further third as unable to afford mortgage repayments.

“My survey found that more than half of people who don’t own their own home would like to. Many of these people are renting from a private landlord and have a number of concerns. For a third of renters the greatest concern was the lack of security. A quarter cited increases in rent or the fear of an unexpected notice to quit. A fifth of respondents are concerned about getting repairs done.”

Calling on the government to act, Emma said: “This survey underlined to me the scale of the housing crisis. This Tory government is simply not building enough homes to keep up with demand, and it has not introduced meaningful reforms to the private rented sector to give private tenants greater security. I am calling on the government to give private tenants longer tenancies and the government must do more to build more affordable homes, particularly council houses.”

April 2017