91-year-old Hull man backing Housing Rally

Published: Tuesday 17th March 2015 by KCFM

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Homes For Britain are holding a rally today because they believe there aren’t enough new homes and young people are being priced out of the market.

A national campaign to tackle the UK’s housing shortage is being backed by the Pickering and Ferens Housing Association in Hull.

One of the association’s residents supporting the campaign is 91 year old Ken Newlove.

He says he had to live in inadequate housing himself as a child and doesn’t want the days of slums to return:

“We had a house, if you can call it a house, it was an attic, bedroom and sitting room. We had no electricity. If we came in and it was dark, we’d have to strike a match and light the gas mantle.

“Chapman Street bridge was just above us; And if the river overflowed it would come down and cross over Wincolmlee and into our house. There was one occasion when it put the fire out.

“It was a lot harder. We had no sheets or blankets. We used to get in the bed and pull our coats over us. And in the winter, we had a fire, a coal fire.”

Homes for Britain claims that we are currently only building half the number of homes needed every year.

Many people aren’t able to start a family, because they can’t afford to move; and many are still living at home with parents as buying a first home is often difficult and expensive.

Some people find themselves homeless, often after living in overcrowded homes just to keep a roof over their head.

The aim of the rally is to raise awareness of the need for more affordable homes to help end the housing crisis.

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Published: Tuesday 17th March 2015 by KCFM

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