A Labour councillor in Cornwall told The Big Issue that the situation was leading to families being placed in temporary accommodation while another councillor in Brighton added that she feared a “new generation of homelessness” due to the issue.
Nandy unveiled a similar licensing scheme to the one announced in Wales earlier this month to improve standards in holiday lets and to allow communities to crack down on homes left empty.
The shadow cabinet member said protecting coastal and rural communities would “tilt power back to those people with a stake in the outcome and skin in the game”.
The Labour MP also unveiled a Community Right to Buy scheme to allow communities to take control of pubs, historic buildings and football clubs that come up for sale or fall into disrepair. Under the plans, communities would have first refusal to buy buildings designated as “assets of community value” (ACVs), rather than simply the right to bid on them as is currently the case.
This will be backed up by a Community Ownership Fund, Nandy added, to give communities seed capital to invest in their town, village or city. The time period for communities to generate revenue to buy in community assets will also be increased from six months to 12 months.
Labour has appointed Mark Gregory, former chief economist of accounting firm Ernst & Young, to lead a commission to explore how community groups can leverage private investments to buy assets and what safeguards need to be put in place.
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Nandy’s speech came as the government saw off a no confidence vote in the House of Commons.
MPs voted in favour of the government with 349 MPs supporting Boris Johnson’s administration compared to 238 against following a five-hour debate.
The prime minister, who has made a promise to level up parts of the country the cornerstone of his time in Downing Street, defended his government’s record.
Johnson said: “We Conservatives believe that there is genius and talent everywhere and energy and imagination distributed in every corner of this country, but we do not think that is the same for opportunity.
“Our immense programme of levelling up is driven by the simple mathematical observation that if per capita GDP and productivity were as evenly distributed in the UK as they are in our major competitors, this would be by some way the most prosperous economy in Europe.
“Of course, it would also be the morally right thing to do.”