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Following the launch of our local and national manifestos, we have launched a detailed Housing Manifesto setting out a plan to tackle Exeter's housing crisis. 




Ben Bradshaw, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Exeter:

“The Labour-run City Council’s record of and commitment to providing more affordable housing is second to none in the South West. But we also need a Labour government to address our housing crisis, which means more and more people cannot afford the high level of private rents, let alone have a hope of getting on the property ladder.”

Councillor Pete Edwards, Leader of the City Council and Leader of Exeter Labour Group:

“Affordable housing is the single biggest challenge we face in Exeter. Our strong economy, growing cultural offer and fantastic quality of life mean demand is only increasing. At the same time, low average wages and a lack of housing have created a crisis for many young people and families. Under Labour, the City Council has fought hard to deliver as much affordable housing as possible, but only a Labour government will give us the real powers we need to tackle the problem.

Exeter Labour Manifesto 2015: Housing


Labour is proud to support new homes to tackle our housing crisis, and the Labour-run City Council is working hard to improve the availability and quality of homes around the city. Since 2010/11:

  • 3,505 new homes have been built in Exeter, including hundreds for affordable and social rent.

  • Exeter City Council has built 41 new low energy homes, the first new Council Houses for a generation, and Labour are committed to expanding this programme, with the potential for hundreds more.

  • Under Labour, the City Council has introduced a new Additional HMO Licensing Scheme and we will continue to work closely with landlords to improve standards in the private rented sector.

  • Labour has supported purpose built student accommodation to reduce the burden on family housing. Exeter has seen a reduction of 267 non-purpose built Council Tax exemptions over the last four years.

  • The City Council successfully bid for a quarter of a million pounds to help tackle homelessness through a new partnership project that will increase accommodation and provide new specialist support workers.


  • Exeter has some of the highest rents outside London, and rents on average have increased £1,020 a year since 2010.

  • Local councils need more powers to decide what kind of housing is built and where, and to force developers to build consented schemes.

  • Local councils also need support from Government to crack down on poor standards and unfair rents and fees in the private rented sector.

  • The Tory and Lib Dem cuts to public services have directly contributed to the growing homelessness problem in Exeter and around the country.

    In Exeter, Labour will:

  • Aim for 35% social and affordable housing on all new private housing developments.

  • Continue to build new low energy Council Houses on council-owned land, to provide affordable homes and reduce fuel poverty, and look for appropriate sites to expand the programme.

  • Continue to explore new ways to provide affordable homes, including co- operative housing and self-build housing.

  • Continue to work with landlords to improve standards in the private rented sector, following our successful introduction of the additional licensing scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupancy.


A Labour Government will:


  • Get at least 200,000 homes built a year by 2020 (almost double the current level

    by implementing the recommendations of the Lyons Review.)

  • Increase competition in the housebuilding industry by backing small builders, including through our Help to Build scheme, and by getting the public sector

    building again.

  • Unlock a Future Homes Fund by requiring that the billions of pounds saved in Help

    to Buy ISAs be invested in increasing housing supply.

  • Build more affordable homes by prioritising capital investment in housing and by

    reforming the council house financing system.

    Local Authorities

  • Hand local communities new powers to get homes built where they want them.

  • Introduce greater transparency in the land market and give local authorities new

    ‘use it or lose it’ powers to encourage developers to build.

  • Give councils greater powers to reduce the number of empty homes, including

    higher council tax on long term empty properties.

  • Give local authorities the power to give first call to first time buyers on new homes

    in areas of housing growth.

  • Scrap the Bedroom Tax.

    Private Renters

  • Give private renters a fairer deal by guaranteeing three year tenancies with a

    ceiling on excessive rent rises.

  • Ban rip-off letting agent fees for tenants, which could save renters over £600.

  • Drive standards up by creating a national register of private landlords.


  • Labour reduced homelessness by 70% when we were last in office, but all forms

    of homelessness are back on the rise, with rough sleeping having increased by


  • We are committed to reversing this trend by tackling the causes of homelessness

    and rough sleeping. 

Exeter Labour Release Housing Manifesto

Following the launch of our local and national manifestos, we have launched a detailed Housing Manifesto setting out a plan to tackle Exeter's housing crisis.         Ben Bradshaw,...

A Strong Record, A Better Future

Ben Bradshaw and just some of the Exeter Labour Party Candidates, Councillors and Volunteers  who work hard for Exeter throughout the yearSince 2010, the coalition Government has cut support to Exeter City Council by 40%. We have already saved over £9million, but will have to save another £4million by 2018. This will mean some difficult decisions. However, we will face these challenges together - working with people, community groups, businesses, the NHS and other local organisations to protect vital services and continuing to invest in the future of our city.  

Keeping Our Promises

In our 2014 local manifesto we promised communities a greater say in how local services are designed and delivered. We have kept that promise, working with allotment holders, council tenants and many other community groups over the past 12 months. Thousands of you responded to our Stronger Exeter consultation to tell us about the services and facilities you value. If re-elected, our next step is to consult on detailed budget proposals for the next 2 years.

Download our 2015 Exeter City Manifesto Document

Read in detail about our local polices for Exeter

Read our detailed housing manifesto for Exeter

The promises we've kept:

1. Secured Council approval for a new Swimming Pool and appointed designers

2. Introduced the Living Wage for City Council employees

3. Introduced new Council apprenticeships

4. Secured 35% social and affordable housing on new developments and built new low-energy Council Houses.

5. Set up the Exeter Health & Wellbeing Board to improve working with the NHS

6. Launched an Allotment Forum to improve communication and partnership working with allotment holders across the city

7. Invested in community and cultural projects with our Grants schemes

8. Supported the development of Exeter Pound to benefit local businesses

9. Worked with the Police and businesses to tackle the problem of Legal High shops

10. Secured commitments from developers to join the new district heating network in the Monkerton area.


What we'll do over the next year:

1. Work on the next stage of the Swimming Pool, including consulting on the design

2. Introduce a Local Labour Agreement to increase local jobs in construction

3. Work with businesses to provide more apprenticeships for young people

4. Continue to build new energy-efficient Council Houses to reduce fuel poverty

5. Explore new ways to provide affordable homes, including co-operative housing

6. Work together with residents and local businesses to build a legacy from the Rugby World Cup.

7. Work in partnership with local people to protect our parks and play areas

8. Work with a credit union to improve access to ethical and affordable credit

9. Support the completion of new train stations at Newcourt and Marsh Barton

10. Continue to work towards the delivery of the new Monkerton district heating scheme.




Exeter City Manifesto 2015

A Strong Record, A Better Future Since 2010, the coalition Government has cut support to Exeter City Council by 40%. We have already saved over £9million, but will have to...

Ben Bradshaw



During the election campaign Ben Bradshaw will be speaking at the following candidate public question time events:



Leading Women UK Event – Magdalen Chapter Hotel, Thursday 16th April, 5:45 till 8 PM

Regen SW Hustings - Westpoint Arena, 21st April, 10 till 11 AM

Exeter College Hustings - St David’s Church, 23rd April, 1:30 till 2:30 PM

Question Time - Exeter University , 23rd April, 6:30 till 7:30 PM

National Pensioners Convention Devon AGM - White Ensign Club, Trinity House, South Street, Friday 24th April, 1 till 2 PM

Christians Together General Election Hustings - Exeter Cathedral, 27th April, 7:30 till 9:30 PM

Ben Bradshaw Question Time Events in Exeter

    During the election campaign Ben Bradshaw will be speaking at the following candidate public question time events:     Leading Women UK Event – Magdalen Chapter Hotel, Thursday...

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