Housing and homelessness a prominent issue at Youth Conference
Opening conference, CWUYouth national chair Ryan
Case described the achievement of the youth section over
the past twelve months, and the need to do still more in 2013. He
introduced the CWUYouth "Review of the Year" - a stirring
resume of 2012 that can be viewed on http://www.cwuyouth.org/.
Vice chair of campaigns for Young Labour Bex
Baileythen called for reform of the private rented sector,
for more houses to be built and to get those houses presently
uninhabited back into use.
National youth officer Simon Sapper underlined the link between poor housing and bad health. He quoted the Kings Fund as saying that there is a £600 million health cost due to bad housing. Simon also suggested buildings in high streets could be reclaimed for residential use.
The CWU have made links with the Labour Party front bench, shadow chancellor Ed Balls pledging to build 100,000 new homes.