Council Housing

Housing, Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th March 2018.

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Photo of Clive Efford Clive Efford Labour, Eltham 12:00 am, 12th March 2018

What resources he is providing to local authorities to build council housing.

Photo of Dominic Raab Dominic Raab Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The Government are committed to delivering a new generation of council homes, and we are providing local authorities with the tools and resources to deliver them.

Photo of Clive Efford Clive Efford Labour, Eltham

In 2009-10, the last Labour Government had 40,000 housing starts in one year. This Government have financed 199 in the last six months. Given that we have such a shortage of social housing and a homelessness crisis, how do the Government explain this risible performance?

Photo of Dominic Raab Dominic Raab Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

For the record on the hon. Gentleman’s figures, local authorities have built over 10,000 homes since 2010-11 compared with under 3,000 in the 13 years of the last Labour Government. We are restless to do much more, and that is why we are raising the housing revenue account borrowing cap by up to £1 billion to make sure that we spur local house building as far and as wide as we can.

Photo of Desmond Swayne Desmond Swayne Conservative, New Forest West

Is it in the interests of the private sector to build in sufficient quantity as to achieve a reduction in price?

Photo of Dominic Raab Dominic Raab Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

It is a good question, and probably one for a symposium with everyone from developers to planners. The reality is that we want to see a stabilisation in house prices. We need to build more homes and deal with some of the demand issues that have been raised. There is no single answer; we have to yank every lever at our disposal 20% or 30% harder.