British House Building Industry

Part of Uk Shared Prosperity Fund – in the House of Commons at 4:59 pm on 5th September 2019.

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Photo of Siobhain McDonagh Siobhain McDonagh Labour, Mitcham and Morden 4:59 pm, 5th September 2019

I thank everyone who has contributed to the debate. In the few seconds I have left, I want to ask that we ban the word “affordable” in the context of housing. “Affordable” means 80% of market rent, but the vast proportion of our constituents could never afford 80% of market rent. Let us talk about social housing rent and owner occupation, but let us also clearly address the question of what is affordable, because the “affordable housing” is not affordable.

Question put and agreed to.


That this House
notes with concern the ongoing shortage of housing and the housing crisis across England;
further notes with concern the number of families in temporary accommodation and the number of people rough sleeping;
acknowledges that there are over one million households on housing waiting lists;
recognises the Government’s target to build 300,000 new homes each year;
acknowledges that this target has been missed in each year that the Government has been in office and that the number of homes constructed by housebuilding companies that are deemed affordable is insufficient;
notes the pay ratios between executives and employees in FTSE 350 housebuilding companies;
and calls on the Government to tackle the housing crisis as an urgent priority.