Affordable Housing (South Gloucestershire)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:15 am on 29th June 2004.

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Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 11:15 am, 29th June 2004

I will want to show what the Minister and I have said to people who come to me who are desperate for housing and face a multiple-year wait. I am trying to get to the kernel of what he is saying. Is he saying that we should wait and see whether the Chancellor comes up with extra cash? The Minister was gracious enough to admit that not much progress, if any, had been made during the past three years, and the council would say that things have got worse. What have we learned from the past few years? What optimism can I give to people in desperation who come to see me? Should I tell them that I hope that there will be some more money, and that it will filter through eventually? Is there anything more concrete that I can tell them?