BURY’S council leader is among 64 to sign a joint letter to the Prime Minister urging her to think again about a new housing proposal.

Theresa May announced at the Conservative Party conference last week that the Government would be investing £2 billion in new council housing.

However, Cllr Rishi Shori and other council leaders say the plan will not address the true scale of the country’s housing crisis.

The letter says: “Your conference announcement follows in a long line of policy decisions that Tory Ministers have made on housing since 2010, which has done nothing to fix the current housing crisis, and in many cases made the problems worse.

"We are calling on you to give councils the fair funding to deliver not just a large-scale house building programme, but also the range of vital services communities rely on. Councils have seen their budgets cut by 40 per cent in just the first five years of this decade.”