… George Osborne would have us all living in the clouds.

Here’s Labour’s housing spokesman, John Healey, speaking on Osborne’s plan for housing prior to the announcement:

“If hot air built homes, then Conservative Ministers would have our housing crisis sorted.

“A matter of weeks ago the Housing Minister promised a million more homes, now George Osborne is saying they’ll build 400,000 more.

“Rather than rate them on what they say they will do, people will judge them on what they’ve actually done.

“George Osborne’s first act as Chancellor in 2010 was to slash housing investment by 60%, and his plans today could still mean 40% less to build the homes we need compared to the investment programme he inherited from Labour.

“The Tories’ housing record speaks for itself. The lowest peacetime level of house building since David Lloyd George was prime minister in the 1920s, home ownership fallen year-on-year to the lowest level in a generation, and alongside the lowest number of genuinely affordable homes built in two decades, the number of affordable homes to buy halved since 2010.

“On housing, the Tory record is five years of failure on every front. Bluster about big house building figures simply won’t cut it when people have seen the country’s housing crisis get worse with Osborne as Chancellor.”

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