Friday 7 February 2020 / 12:01 AM Housing / John Healey

The Tories’ homes re-announcement

John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary, commenting on the Conservatives’ re-announcement of homes for first-time buyers, said:


“This is yet another empty promise from the Conservatives, after 10 years of failure on housing.


“We’ve heard this all before. Conservative Ministers previously pledged to build 200,000 cut-price homes for first-time buyers, but the National Audit Office has confirmed they haven’t built a single one, despite wasting almost five years and spending millions of pounds.


“Unlike Labour, the Tories have no plan to fix the housing crisis.”




Notes to Editors


  • The Conservatives are re-announcing a proposal to build new discount homes for first-time buyers.




  • The National Audit Office report ‘Investigation into Starter Homes’ released in November 2019, found that, despite the Conservatives’ promise to build 200,000 starter homes for first-time buyers in 2015, not a single starter home had been built. Despite this, almost £174 million has been spent on the starter homes programme.