Thursday 21 November, St Johns Church, St Johns Hill, Woodbridge
This popular pre-election event was attended by four of the five parliamentary candidates. The wide-ranging debate covered some of the most important national and local issues.
Here’s what Cameron had to say about affordable housing:
Well, as a semi-young person maybe, a lot of my friends struggled to buy houses. If I’m brutally honest I’d say less than half own their houses. Rents have increased exponentially over the last ten years and as a result a lot of people can’t afford, because of a combination of high rents and accommodation and cut pay, to be able to save up to buy houses which aren’t truly affordable.
So Labour’s going to commit to building a million houses over the course of its first term of which half of those would be council houses, of course, and half of those would be truly affordable. But I think the key is this, isn’t it? We have to build more houses. We have an increasing population, we require more houses to house those people, but we must, must ensure that they can afford them, and as part of having good affordable houses we must make sure that people’s pay is rising to be able to afford those houses.
(Transcribed from an audio recording)