Too few councils have plans to meet the unprecedented housing demand, the government will say. [Image: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images].

The Tories are desperate to turn their self-created housing crisis into a catastrophe, according to what I can glean from online and TV reports.

It seems that, having screwed all they can get out of us with the ‘right to buy’ initiative of the 1980s onwards, the Tories now intend to focus on making the rental market as nightmarish as possible.

So councils will be told to build many thousands more dwellings, in the form of faceless high-rise blocks, with no funding provided for the purpose.

Meanwhile, the Tories would like to build many thousands more houses – to buy – on Green Belt land. The prices of these houses would remain sky-high, of course.

Plus, as this Twitter user says:

Councils will be ordered to build thousands more homes, with an emphasis on high-rise blocks and city-centre developments, as part of the government’s housing strategy.

New centralised standards will be set for local councils to project their future housing needs, with the expectation that the plans will be reviewed every five years. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) did not respond to requests for information on how cash-strapped councils would finance the projections to meet the new standards.

Introducing the housing white paper to be released on Tuesday, the communities secretary, Sajid Javid, confirmed the government’s key shift away from primarily trying to help people buy homes, saying he accepted many were able only to rent.

Source: Councils to be told to build thousands more new homes | Society | The Guardian

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