Leader of Stroud Council, Steve Lydon has responded to today’s autumn statement
“Philip Hammond can’t say whether we will have access to the single market, risking millions of jobs. Alongside our pledge to introduce a Real Living Wage over £10 an hour, only Labour will make Brexit work for the whole country including protecting workplace rights and securing access to European markets for our businesses.
Six years ago, the Tories said they would have cleared the deficit by now, but borrowing is going up and debt is rising. We welcome the Chancellor’s announcement on finally scrapping letting fees, something which was in the last Labour manifesto and which we have been calling on the government to do for years. The chancellor’s announcement on affordable homes doesn’t come close to building enough affordable homes or solving the housing crisis.
Here in Stroud, our Labour led council have already been building new affordable homes for local people and improving local infrastructure. We have granted permission for 4,500 homes to be built in Stroud yet the government still does not give us any powers to make developers actually build them.”