Government announces council house building boost

The Government plans to boost the number of UK council houses, according to prime minister Theresa May.  

The Conservatives plan to remove current hurdles to local authorities building more properties for social rent.  

Councils are set to get new powers to build properties. They will also be required to judge the need for council housing in their areas. 

The prime minister announced the plans today in a speech at the Conservative party conference.  

Legal & General Mortgage Club director Jeremy Duncombe says: “Anything that is designed to help the housing crisis should be welcomed.

“Focusing on speeding up the planning process is a good start, but these plans need to be followed with a real commitment if they are to have any impact.  

“The undersupply of housing in this country continues to put serious pressure on prices and affordability across the market. A pledge to build affordable homes, whatever the tenure, can only help the solution.”  

Meanwhile, first secretary of state Damian Green also supported the plans when speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. 

Green says councils often complain they cannot borrow money to build council houses or buy land for social houses. 

He says: “We believe in building more homes and we think that we need to do this to meet the demand of all types, including council houses. You’ll hear today we are going to make it easier for councils to build new houses for rent.” 

He adds: “What we expect to do is start a rebirth of council housing, precisely because one of the duties the prime minister thinks is important for the government to fulfil is precisely to go to those parts of society, parts of the country where often in the past the Conservative party hasn’t addressed.”

 

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