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Congratulations to Theresa May, who has promised to invest an additional £2bn in affordable housing. Another empty promise.

According to the BBC: “The Conservative Party says that will fund the building of an additional 25,000 new homes for social rent, expected to be mainly council housing, over two years from 2019.

“In 2010-11, 39,570 additional homes were made available for social rent in England, either through being built or bought. In 2015-16 there were only 6,800 extra homes.”

Apparently that is not what the Tories said to the press at the conference, after Mrs May’s speech. It was as follows:

It’s also less than the amount built in 2015-16.

All in all, not much of a promise, is it?

Even if it were on top of the number built in 2015-16, or being built over two years – and we have no guarantee that developers will agree to help out…

It will not come anywhere near addressing the crisis in housing.

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