Sheffield housing chief defends Labour’s record

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Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for housing has praised Labour Governments for ‘transforming’ council housing in the city.

Coun Harry Harpham was speaking after a production error meant he was wrongly quoted in The Star as saying the last Labour Government left a ‘terrible housing legacy’.

The statement was actually made by Lib Dem Coun Penny Baker.

Both politicians were commenting on housing in the city after new figures revealed Sheffield Council had spent £605,136 on providing emergency accommodation for the homeless since 2010.

Coun Harpham actually said: “I think it is terrible that we are one of the richest countries in the world, it’s 2014 and we are having to spend this amount of money on emergency accommodation because of the Government’s failing housing policy.”

Today he added: “If I were to say anything about the last Labour Government’s record on council housing in Sheffield I would praise them for the almost £1 billion investment through the Decent Homes Programme which has not only transformed council housing in this city, but also the lives of tenants of council housing.”

We apologise for the error.