Satire: Housing crisis

Here is something that is worth listening to, I kid you not:

“Without education, your children can never really meet the challenges they will face. So it’s very important to give children education and explain that they should play a role for their country”

“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence”.

With this in mind I have to say I’m very disappointed with the establishment from all sides of political spectrum when it comes to building truly affordable and rentable housing which in my opinion they only pay lip service they rather give the talk but not do the walk hence public outcry from all sections of society this has been a pattern which dates back to the dreaded Thatcher years under her leadership under the conservatives when she quoted no such thing as a society then went on to decimated council housing  by introducing the right to buy scheme which led to few council properties to be built and made provision in legislation to make it harder for councils to build decent and rentable housing.

Fast forward to the year 2016 there is still very little evidence to  suggest that our children can afford to get on the property ladder as a first time buyer some will have to depend on their grandparent(s) unless you have parents who are from a  prosperous background I kid you not. When anybody visits council estates across the UK and Wales in some parts housing stocks

However it is worth noting that:

David Cameron has been slammed for “six years of failure” on housebuilding after figures suggested his record was the worst since 1923.

An average of 123,560 homes were built each year in England and Wales under the former Prime Minister’s watch, House of Commons library research has shown.

The figure is 14% lower than those built under Gordon Brown and 21% lower than under Tony Blair.

Astonishingly, only Tory Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin built fewer homes in the post war period – 86,000 in 1923 – according to the research.

John Healey, the former shadow housing minister who commissioned the research, said Mr Cameron boasted a “legacy of six years of failure” on housing.

He added: “Alongside reforms on land, planning and investment, Labour’s answer to the country’s housing crisis is to make the strong progressive case for handing out more power to local communities and regions.

“It’s not just more democratic, it’s also that good government action can often fix and shape markets better at a local than a national level.

“And hope that politics can help with the pressures people are facing is the best antidote to the fear and uncertainty which was both the cause and consequence of the UK’s vote to leave the EU.

“With the Conservative failure on housing now fully exposed, a Labour alternative is more important than ever.”

But a spokesperson for the Department for Communities and Local Government said: “The 2008 economic crash devastated the housebuilding industry leading to the lowest levels of ‘starts’ for any peacetime year since the 1920s.

“And since 2010 over 300,000 households have been helped into homeownership through government-backed schemes.

“The groundbreaking Housing and Planning Act will allow us go even further delivering our ambition to build an additional one million homes.”

Heck I don’t normally read the daily express they claim that:

House prices and mortgage lending continue to rise on the back of the Brexit vote as the UK property market goes from strength to strength.

Banks and building societies recorded their strongest figures for the month of June for eight years as they handed over £20.7bn of home loans.

That is a 16 per cent increase compared with May’s total of £17.8bn, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders, showing how buyers and movers ignored the Project Fear economic warnings in the run up to the referendum.

And property prices across the UK’s major cities have failed to falter post-Brexit and continue to record double-digit annual growth in June. See full article:

This what the The Federation of Master Builders has to say on remarks on David Cameron’s house building legacy:

Cameron leaves behind something of a mixed legacy on housing. The early years of his premiership were marked by economic stagnation, which saw the house building sector flounder. The firms who suffered most during the economic downturn were undoubtedly SME house builders, with the number of them estimated to have declined by around 50% in the years proceeding the financial crisis. This stark reduction in the country’s building capacity proved problematic once the economy began to recover and demand for housing rebounded.

Yet, Cameron’s deserves credit for the fact that it was quickly recognised what a serious issue this damage to the house building ecosystem had become. Having made housing central to his agenda once a recovery took hold, abetted by the Help to Buy initiative, Cameron oversaw much needed reforms to the planning system aimed at making life easier for developers in getting developments off the ground. His Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis, was a great champion of local house builders, recognising their ability to build out sites quicker, and their potential to develop sites which would be of little interest to larger firms. Whilst the early years of Cameron premiership were a torrid time for the industry, a head of steam has been built up over the last few years and it’s this progress that must be continued with the new PM.

Whilst one acknowledge, dear I say this(Shh):

“It’s clear that the private housing market has failed people miserably. Government and policy makers need to learn the lesson. Public money should be invested into first class public housing and any help to bankers and builders should be conditional on them supporting a massive programme to build a third generation of first class council homes.”

“As the Prime Minister recognises local authorities are ideally placed. They can provide first class council homes with secure tenancies, low rents and managed by an accountable landlord using the best building methods and designed to the highest environmental standards with good community and transport infrastructure. That’s what Britain needs for the 21st century!”

“It is good to hear the Prime Minister explicitly breaking with government’s past dogmatic discrimination against council housing. But it’s less clear what he means about ‘investment aligned with reform’. Any attempt to introduce means testing or time limits on council ‘secure’ tenancies will be resisted.”

“It is now imperative that government ends the war on council housing and sits down with council tenants, trade unions, councillors, MPs and many housing professionals who support council housing to agree a common plan. Key will be agreeing a settlement for 2.5 million existing council tenants to the long running dispute over providing a ‘Fourth Option’

There is no doubt of the shortage of council, and private housing some tenants are on the waiting list and can’t get a house with a 3 / 4 bedroom then they see someone of different nationality moves into the area they start to bickering amongst themselves that they don’t get a let in to those property and they have not checked what was the reason why they got the property to some people strongly believes there is  dividing line is based on race, creed and culture which is sad really as they don’t know if they were born here as it is easy to make assumptions.

The shrinking stock of social housing is pushing more vulnerable people into an increasingly over-priced private rental market.

Slums may be re-emerging in the UK, with growing concern about the number of private renters living in hazardous or squalid conditions.

A dramatic increase in the number of renters and poor regulation in the private sector, are being exploited by rogue landlords, according to local authorities and housing campaigners.

Many blame a diminishing stock of social housing and the continuing unaffordability of homes to buy for pushing growing numbers of people, including low income families and vulnerable people, into contracts with private landlords.

One third of privately rented homes are non-decent, meaning they fall below the basic standard of health, safety and habitability set by the UK government.

One in every six homes  – or 740,000 – are physically unsafe, with severe hazards, including damp, cold, rodent infestation and the risk of falls and injury.

Yet rogue landlords are estimated to be receiving £5.6bn a year for renting out unsafe homes.

In the 1970s, social housing accounted for one third of the UK’s housing stock but by 2013 that figure had decreased to 17%.

Betsy Dillner, director of campaign group Generation Rent, said: “Rents are going up and wages aren’t.

“People still need to get to work, especially in high demand areas.

“Moving further away from the city is not an option because all that money you’re saving on rent is just going to your train fare, so people are willing to take whatever they can get in their price range and that creates an opportunity for rogue landlords to exploit.”

The new Housing and Planning Act acknowledges some of the problems in the private rental sector, introducing banning orders for rogue landlords and creating a blacklist to help prevent them from renting out properties.

But the Act also accelerates the sale of council and housing association properties, reducing an already dwindling stock of social housing which is likely to see more people entering the private rental sector.

The sector, previously dominated by young singles, is now half comprised of families.

Let’s have less foreplay start build more affordable hsouse for the many not the few.


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