Jack Dromey MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister, responding to the mid-term Housing Report from the National Housing Federation, Shelter and The Chartered Institute of Housing which says the Government, at its halfway point, is failing to deliver on 8 out of 10 key housing indicators, said:
“This sobering mid-term report is a damning indictment of the Tory-led Government’s record on housing. Britain is building homes at less than half the rate new households are being formed. Millions are locked out of home ownership. Rents are at their highest ever level in the private sector and homelessness is soaring. It is nothing short of a scandal that 75,000 children will wake up on Christmas Day without a home as the number of families in bed and breakfast increases by 57 per cent.
“The Government has not only failed to take the action needed to tackle the biggest housing crisis in a generation, they have made it worse. The cut of £4 billion investment led to a 68 per cent collapse in affordable house building and a major contraction in the construction industry.
“With millions in need of a decent home at a price they can afford, the Government needs to act now to tackle the growing housing crisis and secure and strengthen economic recovery. That is why they should use the windfall from the 4G auction to build 100,000 more affordable homes and create half-a-million jobs and apprenticeships.”