Sajid Javid’s claim that the Tory government’s much-delayed Housing White Paper helps renters does not stand up to scrutiny [Image: Alamy].

If you want to up housebuilding, let councils build.

Councils have a particular interest in housing people rather than simply chasing profit, and by stopping councils from building, the government loses more than it saves – in extortionate private temporary accommodation, and housing benefit in the private rented sector (nearly always more expensive than social rent).

Let councils borrow to build social housing.

Let them keep 100% of right-to-buy receipts if you won’t ban the practice altogether, so they can replace homes on a one-for-one basis.

Accept that the housing market is broken because you believed the invisible hand of the market would benefit everyone rather than simply shareholders and landlords.

Let councils get on with solving the housing crisis rather than cutting their budget to ribbons and, despite professing a hatred of red tape, making it increasingly difficult for local authorities to provide the most basic services let alone the complex housing and social care people need.

It turns out it’s a lot easier to write a plan for housing if you care more about solving the crisis than upsetting voters.

Source: If you really want more houses built, Sajid Javid, stop strangling councils | Housing Network | The Guardian

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