Jack Dromey MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister, commenting on statistics today that show a collapse in house building, said:
“These disappointing figures illustrate the disastrous consequences of the Government’s failing economic and housing policies, which have ensured a collapse in house building and a sharp contraction in the construction industry, one of the main reasons Britain is back in recession.
“Despite the millions of people now in desperate need of a home, the Government refuses to listen and change course. Tory Housing Minister Grant Shapps said in opposition headlines were easy but it was much harder to build homes. He has been true to his word, great at churning out press releases but dreadful at building homes.
“On housing and the economy, the Government’s policies have clearly failed, that’s why we need a change of direction and an alternative plan for jobs, homes and growth. The Government should take urgent action by implementing a bank bonus tax to fund 25,000 affordable homes to put unemployed building workers back to work, create jobs and apprenticeships for young people and provide a boost to the construction industry.”