I have been contacted by constituents as part of the campaign ‘Act now to make St Austell and Newquay affordable for private renting and prevent homelessness’.
While I appreciate the concerns raised, I believe there are other ways to improve living conditions away from increasing benefit payments.
I want more people to be able to own their own home as around 80% of people want to.
This Government is doing lots of help people own their own homes including the Help to Buy Scheme and the Home buyers ISA.
While I agree we need to do all we can to enable people to rent at an affordable price, I also think we need to regulate the private rental sector better to allow these renters to have long term stability in their homes, something which the government is doing.
We are assisting local authorities to build more social and affordable homes both for social rent and the affordable schemes mentioned above.