Thursday 2 March 2017 / 10:50 AM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

Conservative Ministers are out of ideas and have no long-term plan to fix the cost of housing crisis – John Healey

John
Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Housing
, responding to
new figures released today showing that home-ownership has fallen to the lowest
rate in 30 years, said:

“These
new government figures show yet another fall in the home-ownership rate in
England to the lowest rate in more than 30 years. There are now almost 200,000
fewer home-owning households than in 2010 when Conservative Ministers first
took charge.

“Meanwhile,
the number of people stuck in an insecure and increasingly expensive private
rented sector has grown dramatically over the last seven years. Since 2010, the
number of households renting privately as ballooned by over a million.

“After
seven years of failure on housing, not only has home-ownership fallen, but
affordable housebuilding has hit a 24 year low and rough sleeping has more than
doubled. The truth is Conservative Ministers are out of ideas and have no
long-term plan to fix the cost of housing crisis.

“Theresa
May says she wants a country that works for everyone, so she should back
Labour’s plans to build thousands more affordable homes to rent and buy,
improve rights for renters and end the scandal of rough sleeping.”