John McDonnell, who until 15 months ago was the shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, has called for all tenants to be given a one year rent freeze.
He says the move would relieve pressure on families amid soaring energy bills and the £20 a week cut to Universal Credit for some of the lowest paid in Britain.
McDonnell, now a Labour backbencher, says: “Many families are facing a winter of worry and hardship from the cut in universal credit, hikes in energy prices and record rent rises.
“It’s really tough and uncertain time for so many. A rent freeze will relieve many of them of major pressure on their household budgets this Christmas and provide increased security that they can afford to keep a decent roof over their heads.
“It will also assist the economic recovery from Covid by maintaining demand in our economy.”
McDonnell - who has directed the demand at Chancellor Rishi Sunak ahead of his Budget next week - says the freeze should apply to all tenants whether with private landlords or housing associations or councils.
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