The Green Party agrees that we need to end the housing crisis. A secure and affordable place to live is a basic human need. In today's Britain there is not enough housing, and what there is is often too expensive to buy or to rent.
The Green Party's housing policy aims for house price stability by making property investment and speculation less attractive, and by increasing housing supply.
We would scrap the Right to Buy, substantially increase the social housing budget so that we could build enough homes within a generation to meet all needs, and refurbish and improve homes and estates.
The Green Party would provide 500,000 social rented homes to high sustainability standards by increasing the social housing budget from £1.5bn a year to £6bn a year in the lifetime of the Parliament, removing borrowing caps from local councils, and creating 35,000 good jobs.
In July 2014 Caroline Lucas introduced a Housing (Affordability, Supply and Tenant Protection) Bill in Parliament to highlight the problems faced by private tenants.
Pages 41 - 44 of our full manifesto explain our policy on housing
If you would like to sign our online Housing Petition, you can do so here at housing crisis petition.