Monday, 20 November 2017

Quote of the day - why council housing isn't the answer

Worth remembering this:
The underlying problem has often been misdiagnosed by politicians who yearn for an uncontroversial and immediate solution. A lack of public housing is emphatically not the cause of our plight. About a fifth of all homes are owned by councils or housing associations, placing us towards the very top of the European league table. This amounts to about four times as much social housing as they have in Germany and is considerably higher than in France, Denmark or Sweden. If the quantum of state housing were the key driver of housing affordability, the UK would be one of the cheapest places to live in the western world.
We've spent the best part of four decades not building enough housing (for London and the South East it's about six homes built for every ten new households) and this is why we have a crisis. Not funding. Not state investment. Not tax incentives. Just urban containment.

1 comment:

Demetrius said...

We are thinking of spending a few days away. But should it be a holiday cottage or house in the country or the seaside, or perhaps a flat in London to do some events? We are spoilt for choice, there are so many on offer.