Council housing: a Liberal legacy

"I am extremely proud of our party’s role in delivering this landmark in the country’s history."


Last year we saw national celebrations to mark 70 years of the NHS.

This year we celebrate 100 years of council housing as we know it.

Currently, council housing is often unfairly stigmatised, but now is the time to celebrate it!

After the First World War, Liberal MP and Prime Minister David Lloyd George pledged “to make Britain a fit country for heroes to live in”.  The 1919 Housing Act was the first step in nationwide provision of good-quality council homes - in the words of Lloyd George: “Homes fit for Heroes’. 

It was followed years later by two more Acts that heralded the construction of more homes, including replacing slum dwellings and houses bombed out during the Second World War.

I am extremely proud of our party’s role in delivering this landmark in the country’s history.

Liberal Democrat councils around the country are stepping up to deliver new council housing with the hard-fought-for additional freedoms and flexibilities that removing the housing burrowing cap has allowed – or working with housing associations to reach the same goal. 

We have no excuses not to deliver now, so we need to pull our finger out and get on with it.

Let us build some new council homes without waiting for World War Three to prompt us into action.

Councillor Howard Sykes MBE
Leader, LGA Liberal Democrat Group