Vince Cable MP was in Oxford today to bolster the local Liberal Democrats’ campaign to build more affordable homes in the city.
While Oxford continues to be the least affordable city in the UK, Oxford City Council have failed to deliver nearly enough affordable homes.
Despite City Council policy stating that 50% of all new developments must be affordable homes, this has been ignored time and time again.
This comes as homeless hostel Simon House is set to be demolished, making way for yet more luxury apartments.
The Council’s priority has been to make room for greater retail and big-business
expansion — with many of the new jobs created paying well below the Oxford Living Wage — rather than new homes.
Commenting, local campaigner Conor McKenzie said: “Oxford’s cost of living is eye-wateringly high and rents are soaring every year. I’ve met far too many people who are being pushed out of the city as a result.
“For too long, Labour councillors have given in to wealthy developers rather than upholding their democratic mandate to ‘Retain a 50% affordable housing requirement for new developments’.
“We need to enforce this 50% obligation and shift the focus away from low-paying business expansion, towards building far more genuinely affordable homes.”