Jack Dromey MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister, commenting ahead of Nick Clegg’s speech to the National House-Building Council tomorrow, said:
"A year on from the launch of his and David Cameron’s ‘radical’ housing strategy, Nick Clegg is promising more tinkering dressed up as ‘radical action’. On house building the Government has made announcement after announcement followed by failure after failure.
"The truth is the country is gripped by the worst housing crisis in a generation and the government’s failed policies are making it worse not better, not least the Government’s 60% cut of £4bn to Labour’s Affordable Homes Programme. House building starts are falling not rising, with new home starts lower in every single quarter than the one when Labour left power in 2010. Homelessness is up. We have a mortgage market where people can't get mortgages. Rents in the private sector are at a record high. And social housing waiting lists have never been longer.
"Rather than more empty promises we need the Government to take real action now and to tackle the housing crisis and boost our flatlining economy. That is why they should back Labour’s call to use the windfall from the 4G auction to build 100,000 more affordable homes and create hundreds of thousands of jobs, and give a stamp duty holiday to first time buyers to help get them on the housing ladder."