Jack Dromey MP, Labour's Shadow Housing Minister, responding to the National Audit Office report saying Government assumptions were “unreliable”, “unrealistic” and “contained a substantial arithmetical error” on the New Homes Bonus, said:
“This damning report exposes the failure of one of the Government’s flagship policies to boost house building and the utter incompetence at the heart of Government. It is clear that the policy doesn’t work, is unfair and that Ministers have failed to monitor whether the policy is delivering – what a shambles.
“It is extraordinarily irresponsible that Ministers haven’t bothered to assess whether the £1.3 billion they are spending is a good use of taxpayers’ money.
“The New Homes Bonus symbolises the Government’s failing housing policies. They are failing to increase house building and the Government has grossly overestimated its impact, promising much and delivering little. It is astonishing that the Government made “substantial” errors in calculating the New Homes Bonus which grossly exaggerated its impact.
“The report also backs Labour’s findings that the New Homes Bonus is unfair by redistributing money away from some of the most deprived areas in the country.
“This shambolic housing policy and cavalier approach to spending taxpayers money explains why the Government is presiding over the lowest level of house building since the 1920s and is unable to deliver a One Nation approach to building communities for the future.”
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