Munira appeared on ITV London’s Late Debate in September, where she highlighted rising rents causing misery for households in Twickenham and across London.
Applications and delays in accessing suitable social housing is the number one issue local residents come to Munira with, whether by e-mail or at her advice surgeries. Many have to wait years to find a permanent home, with large families and those with accessibility needs particularly affected.
This is caused by a combination of sky-rocketing rents, which mean people can no longer afford to rent privately, and a lack of sites to build new affordable and social housing in London.
Munira has therefore been campaigning to ensure that sites already in public hands, such as police stations, fire stations, NHS properties and more, can be sold on for community good and used for new social and affordable housing.
This is inspired by the local campaign to retain Teddington Police Station for affordable housing and a new GP surgery. You can read more on this campaign here.
Following her appearance on ITV’s Late Debate, Munira said: “It was a pleasure to join Baroness Jones and the Minister for London, Paul Scully MP, on the show.
“I am glad there was agreement on the need to ease pressure on social housing, but if the Minister is serious about taking action, both in London and across the UK, he must start by backing my campaign.
“I will keep bringing pressure to bear in Parliament to fix the social housing system, support private renters and ensure that publicly-owned assets are retained for the public good.”