It may sound like a terrific idea when the hon. Gentleman voices it in the House, but it clearly is not working. Most of the 9 million people who are renting in the private sector—including the 2 million children who are members of the families who rent—face insecurity year in, year out, not knowing whether their children will stay in the same school, or whether they will be in the same local authority area.
I was talking about Government Members. Let me complete the hat trick. During the week in which we presented our proposals, the Minister for Skills and Enterprise, Matthew Hancock, said on the BBC’s “Daily Politics”:
“On the rents issue, we put forward that policy at our conference last year”.
Is it not interesting that there seems to be such agreement across the House on this matter? Writing in The Spectator, Jake Berry, the Government’s housing adviser, called not for three-year tenancies, but for six-year tenancies. He said that the private rented sector was not fit for purpose, and was
“blocking aspiration and isolating families”.