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Ed Miliband on Milton Keynes’ lack of affordable housing: “I think it’s wrong.”

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Great Holm welcomed Labour leader Ed Miliband today as he discussed the challenges facing Milton Keynes’ young community when it comes to housing.

The politician was on a tour around the country on the final day before the European and local elections to convince voters to support Labour’s campaign.

During his visit to the city, Mr Miliband spent time speaking with Matthew Pearce, 23, 25-year-old Louise Ryan and Chris Dachtler, 25, to hear their concerns surrounding affordable housing.

Mr Miliband said: “Talking to the young people here today proved there is a massive challenge around housing and that’s why, as part of our campaign, we have made a big pledge on affordable housing to make sure this is available in Milton Keynes because that is essential.

“If you’re a young person in work it is such a struggle not only affording your rent, but finding a home to buy.

“We’re only going to solve the challenges we face around housing if we build more homes, but most importantly affordable homes.

“Some of the developments that are taking place around here in Milton Keynes don’t have any affordable homes in them and I think that’s wrong.

“We’ve got to have a council that’s willing to fight for a affordable housing for people in Milton Keynes to live in because it’s a fantastic place to live in.”

After his visit to Great Holm, Mr Miliband visited The Open University to talk to staff about the benefits of the living wage at the Milton Keynes campus, after agreeing to extend it to all of its staff, including outsourced contract staff. from August 2014.

Vice-Chancellor of The Open University Martin Bean, said: “Like many large organisations we have a range of people working with us but we want to be one community.

“It just made sense to us to move everyone to a living wage so all those who contribute to our success are remunerated fairly.

“The response from employees has been positive but there’s also a sense of being valued.

“The Open University stands for specific values in British life – we are the most inclusive university in the UK and moving to a living wage is a commitment to recognising everyone across the organisation.”

 

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