Aaron D’Souza urges better housing in London at Newington Hustings

Newington Hustings

APP London Assembly candidate for City & East, Aaron D’Souza, attended the Newington Ward by-election Hustings hosted by Southwark Defend Council Housing on Thursday 28 April.

Aaron was standing in for APP’s candidate for Newington, Terry Adewale, and announced Terry’s policies to improve housing in Newington and Southwark.

Aaron began by praising the efforts of Defend Council Housing for securing u-turns and defeating the government in the Lords on the Housing Bill.  Aaron said that if elected, APP will:

  1. Hold Southwark Council to account to ensure that their pledge of building 11,000 high quality council homes by 2043 is met.
  2. Work with politicians at all levels and the private sector to get massive new investment in social housing.
  3. Introduce an effective new tracking system to monitor all housing maintenance cases.

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In his speech, Aaron said: “I hope you will consider challenging the status quo on Thursday 5 May and voting All People’s Party and Terry Adewale to bring about the real change we need.”

“We need a fair and caring representation for everyone in Newington. By joining hands, together we can build One Southwark and One London.”

In the Q&A session after all candidate’s introductory remarks, Aaron engaged with audience members about their concern for council housing across London and urged Southwark Labour to listen to residents and provide more solutions to solve these problems.

Thank you to Southwark Defends Council Housing for organising this infromative hustings.

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You can read Aaron’s full speech from the hustings below:

Hello everyone,

I delighted to join you this evening.

My name is Aaron D’Souza. I am the All Peoples Party, APP London Assembly candidate for City and East, standing in for our Newington candidate Terry Adewale.

I want to begin by congratulating you on your efforts to defend council housing. This month, because of your determination, the House of Lords listened to your calls and responded by defeating the government and forcing them into many u-turns over the Housing Bill.

But as we know, there is more work to be done to ensure decent housing for all at a price that you and I can afford

All People’s Party and our candidate Terry Adewale, will provide 3 solutions to make this happen:

First we will hold the Council to account and ensure that their pledge of building 11,000 council homes by 2043 is met.
We will ensure targets are met and the quality of these council homes is of a top standard.

Second, we will work with politicians at all levels and the private sector to get massive new investment in social housing. Government can issue municipal bonds that are high interest and low risk. Pension funds will be incentivised to invest in these bonds. This is working in the US right now!

Third, we will insist that the Council use an effective tracking system to monitor all housing maintenance cases, similar to how we track packages with Amazon or Royal Mail.

No one should lose their livelihood or live in substandard housing because of the council’s poor service. We will definitely demand accountability and 100% transparency.

Alongside these pledges, All People’s Party are committed to investing in older people services and creating more jobs and opportunities for local people, and especially our youth.

With every new housing development we want to know:

(1) How many jobs are being created for local people?

(2) How long are these jobs are for?

(3) And how many are local people are recruited to the development or local businesses once the developments are complete?

We will also work with the voluntary sector to invest more in social care and adult services so we can make Southwark a dementia friendly borough by 2020, and London by 2024.

So, to conclude, I hope you will consider challenging the status quo on Thursday 5 May and voting All People’s Party and Terry Adewale to bring about the real change we need.

We need a fair and caring representation for everyone in Newington. By joining hands, together we can build One Southwark and One London

Thank you.

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