5 April 2023
Bath & NE Somerset Green Party has announced its candidates to stand in the 4th May local elections. A full slate of 59 Greens are to stand across all wards in the Bath & NE Somerset elections.
The local Green Party also called for Bath and NE Somerset council and the government to sign up to a new Right Homes, Right Place, Right Price Charter to beat the housing crisis and ensure green spaces are protected. 
Local party chair Sam Ross said: “I’m delighted to unveil our team of fantastic Green Party candidates ready to represent communities across Bath and NE Somerset in the council elections on Thursday 4 May.”
“We’re proud to yet-again lead the way in making politics less dominated by one demographic - our candidates come from a wide range of backgrounds and walks of life, and half (29) of them are women.”
“When you vote Green on Thursday 4 May, you will help to elect hardworking councillors committed to making Bath and NE Somerset a fairer, greener community.”
The full list of candidates is below.
On the Green Party’s Right Homes, Right Place, Right Price Charter, local party councillor for Lambridge Joanna Wright, said:
“We need councillors and national government to work together to deliver the homes people need and can afford to rent and buy, where people need them.
“What we need is local councils supported to build quality, affordable housing in the right places where people live and work, with the right supporting infrastructure and local facilities.
“The Green Party’s Right Homes, Right Place, Right Price Charter will simultaneously protect valuable green space for communities, reduce climate emissions, tackle fuel poverty and provide genuinely affordable housing.
“Local communities in Bath and NE Somerset are facing the same problems as much of the rest of the country - developers being allowed to build houses local people often can’t afford and failing to ensure local services like buses and GP surgeries get the investment they need.
“Developers are being allowed to ride roughshod over the needs of communities and the environment and this has got to stop.”
The Charter would also provide greater protection for renters, as Green Party local election candidate Saskia Heijltjes explained:
“Residents here in Bath and NE Somerset are experiencing the same problems as people up and down the country - homes that are unaffordable to buy, unaffordable to rent and unaffordable to heat. There is a generation of people who are trapped in the private rental market by spiralling rents that bear no relationship to incomes.
“To address this, in the short term, the Green Party would introduce an immediate rent freeze and eviction ban to prevent people being made homeless in the middle of this cost of living crisis, as the Scottish Greens have already done as part of the Scottish Government.
“In the longer term, the Green Party would give councils the power to bring in rent controls in areas where the housing market is overheated. We would also place much stricter controls on the type of new homes being built to include more affordable and social housing for buying and renting.
“Everyone deserves a place that they can call home. That is why the Green Party’s Right Homes, Right Place, Right Price Charter will deliver the change we want to see across the housing sector and create fairer, greener communities.”
The Greens’ Right Homes, Right Place, Right Price Charter would:
For the full list of candidates see here.
 The number of households in England is projected to rise from 23.2 million in 2018 to 26.9 million in 2043 – an average increase of around 150,000 households per year. (ONS, Household projections for England, 2018-based: Principal projection dataset, 29 June 2020). According to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ ‘English housing survey 2021–22’, 4.6 million households (19%) rent privately; 4 million households (17%) rent from a social landlord, and 65% of households in 2021–22 were owner occupiers These comprised 35% who owned their home outright and 30% with a mortgage.
 The Green Party currently has 563 councillors on 172 principal authority councils in England and Wales. It will be defending 281 seats in this year’s local elections in May and will be looking to make further gains across the country.
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