Today, the government released its white paper on housing, admitting that the housing market in the UK is ‘broken’.
Kate Osamor, MP for Edmonton said:
“This government’s record on housing is one of failure. Affordable house building has hit a 24 year low, and the number of people sleeping rough on our streets has more than doubled since 2010.
The government are correct in saying that the UK housing system is ‘broken’. But their white paper does not address the scale of the problem. It lacks details and will not fix the problem of home ownership, or of insecure tenancies. The definition of affordability remains out of reach for many of my constituents. And whilst the government talks about working with the private rental sector to introduce 3 year tenancies, why hasn’t it legislated to provide more security to renters?
I am deeply disappointed by this white paper, which will not deliver the change we need.”