Housing Associations - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:30 am on 8th February 2018.

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Photo of Lord Best Lord Best Crossbench 11:30 am, 8th February 2018

My Lords, the Minister knows that tens of thousands of affordable homes have been produced by requiring the housebuilders to include a percentage of affordable housing in all their big new developments. He will also know that over recent years the housebuilders have found a loophole—the so-called viability test, a specious argument—to renege on those obligations. Can he reassure the House that the Government are going to close this loophole, which is just a scam to enable the housebuilders to get out of the agreements that they have already made and increase their profits?