The Labour Group on Northampton Borough Council is continuing to focus on the local housing crisis. At this next full Council meeting, Labour’s focus will be on overcrowding as many are having to share a single bedroom.
Under Housing Regulations there should be a separate room to sleep in for a couple, single adult aged 21 or older and two young people of the opposite sex aged ten or over. Children under 10 are not counted. The Labour Group believes this is far too weak.
Cllr Danielle Stone, Leader of the Labour Group, said:
“What people class as overcrowded and what the Council class as overcrowded can be very different. Overcrowding is a serious problem in some households in our town. Living in overcrowded houses can have a detrimental impact on personal welfare and a child’s education.
I believe the statutory definition of overcrowding is too low and so we need much stronger local criteria. I want the Borough Council to do what it can to help alleviate overcrowding in homes by going beyond the legal duties and definitions. We are asking the Council to fundamentally review the Allocations Policy to ensure residents are not living in overcrowded conditions in future.”