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Prime Minister on ‘personal mission’ to build more homes

The Prime Minister has promised to make it her “mission” to increase the number of homes built in the UK.

Theresa May says that the country has failed to build enough houses for decades, leading to soaring prices.

Speaking ahead of a visit to a housing development in Barnet today, May says: “We must get back into the business of building the good quality new homes for people who need them most.

“That is why I have made it my mission to build the homes the country needs and take personal charge of the Government’s response.

“Today I am seeing the work now underway to put this right and, in coming weeks and months, my Government will be going further to ensure that we build more homes, more quickly.

“This will be a long journey and it will take time for us to fix the broken housing market – but I am determined to build a Britain fit for the future.”

Later today Communities Secretary Sajid Javid will give a speech at the Temple Meads Quarter in Bristol to flesh out the Government’s approach to back housing of all types, including more social housing.

A copy of his speech says: “The generation crying out for help with housing is not over-entitled.

“They don’t want the world handed to them on a plate. They want simple fairness, moral justice, the opportunity to play by the same rules enjoyed by those who came before them.”

Javid believes that without secure housing the UK will create a “rootless generation”.

He will announce that the Government is taking housing associations’ debt off the balance sheet, helping them build more homes.



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