“The Labour Party is pledging to build one million homes with half of them council housing as these figures show that more council homes for rent in Brighton are absolutely essential,” says GMB.
GMB Members in Brighton want to see the return of a labour government to build new council housing as a new GMB study shows that they have been priced out of the Brighton housing market. In Brighton average house prices are 11.5 times the average earnings of a full time worker living in the area.
A GMB study released shows that workers on average earnings in the Sussex area are priced out of the housing market in all 13 areas, showing current average house prices in the area are between 8.2 and 12.4 times average earnings.
In the South East as a whole, the average house price in February 2017 was £311,539 which is 10.1 times the average full time earnings of £30,752. House prices are rising at a much faster pace than earnings with the house price to earnings ratio now 8.2 on average across the whole of England.
Average house prices in the South East increased by 5.4% in the year to February 2017.
The situation is most extreme in Chichester where average house prices are 12.4 times average earnings, 12x in Adur, 11.5x in Brighton and Hove, 11.2x in Horsham and 11.1x in Mid Sussex.
A ratio of 4.5 times a borrower’s income is regarded as the maximum that banks and building societies will lend.
Paul Maloney, GMB Southern region secretary, attended the launch of the general election campaign by Lloyd Russell-Moyle, the Labour Party candidate for Brighton Kemptown on Tuesday 9th May at 7.30pm at the Whitehawk Football Club.
Set out in the table below are house price data and average earnings for all authorities in Brighton and East and West Sussex ranked by areas with the highest ratio.
|Average property price – February 2017||Median full time earnings – 2016||ratio|
|3||Brighton and Hove||£349,183||£30,314||11.5|
Paul Maloney, GMB Southern region secretary, said: “GMB Southern region analysis of average house prices to average earnings in Brighton and the rest of Sussex shows that the aspirations of working people on average earnings and below to own their own homes is no longer achievable.
“The Labour Party election manifesto pledges to build one million homes in the next Parliament with half of them council housing. These figures show that more council homes for rent by Brighton and Hove city council are absolutely essential.
“GMB is calling on the electorate in Brighton to get behind Lloyd Russell-Moyle the Labour Party candidate in Brighton Kemptown to realise this manifesto commitment.”
“We have been talking about this problem for far too long, there can be no excuses for not providing housing to people that they can afford to live in on average wages.”