Housing crisis: Government promises a million new homes in less than five years

A million homes in this parliament

The government says it will aim to build a million homes by 2020 in a bid to tackle Britain’s worsening housing shortage.

According to the BBC, housing minister Brandon Lewis said the target of a million would help to tackle a “decades old deficit”.

Lewis also added that he wanted to make it easier for developments to go ahead, “especially on brownfield sites”.

The National Housing Federation estimates that just half of the 974,000 homes needed between 2001 and 2014 were actually built.

Lewis added: “Ultimately, it is up to local authorities to look at what their housing needs are and where they feel it is appropriate to build.

“I trust local people to get that right.”

National Housing Federation director of policy and external affairs Gill Payne told the BBC: “Skyrocketing rents and ballooning house prices are eating up more and more of people’s wages and forcing people out of their local communities or into smaller, lower quality housing.

“We haven’t built enough homes in this country for decades, and if the gap between the number of households forming and the number of new homes being built continues to grow, we are in danger of not being able to house our children.”

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Readers' comments (1)

  • Ian Middleton

    What absolute rot from Lewis as usual.

    This is a very thinly disguised attempt to both blame local councils, who are forced to continually sell off their social housing stock, and to give a free hand to housing developers, who have virtually no interest in building properly affordable homes.

    On top all that, Brandon's government are also about to force social housing associations to also sell of their affordable stock.

    If this idiot really had any grasp of the housing problem in this country, he'd put a stop to that from the get go.

    Brandon Lewis is an incompetent buffoon who shows about as much understanding and aptitude for his role as housing minister as he did in his job as part-time minister for the high streets. i.e b**ger all.

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