Don’t be fooled: The Tory £2bn offer for social housing is a sick joke

Don’t be fooled: Mrs May wants people who need social housing to think she supports them; in fact she is offering only a fraction of what is needed to fix the UK’s housing crisis and couldn’t care less about this girl’s life.

There is no foundation to Theresa May’s claims about Conservative plans for social housing.

She is offering £2 billion to housing associations, councils and other organisations, who will be able to bid for a share of the money to build new social housing, starting in 2022.

Here she is making her speech at the annual Social Housing Conference, co-sponsored by the National Housing Federation:

Her claim that she has made social housing her mission since becoming prime minister in 2016 is a genuine surprise to This Writer. When did she mention that?

David Orr, of the National Housing Federation, said the money meant organisations that build social housing will be able to plan into the future, knowing the cash would be available for them.

This is an extraordinary statement for an organisation that revealed in a statement exactly one year previously that the Conservatives had cut funding for social housing every year since they took office in 2010, so that by 2015 the amount available had been more than halved, from £11.4bn in 2009 to £5.3bn that year.

That’s £6.1bn less than the 2009 total in a single year, and Mrs May’s current offer is only for £2bn in total.

As a share of GDP, state spending on this area has fallen even more dramatically, declining from 0.7 per cent to just 0.2 per cent.

The responses have been as one might expect:

That should be “liable” not “libel”, and Daisy really means “responsible for providing habitable properties”.

The statement, although made badly, is correct: Thanks to the Tories, landlords do not have to provide dwellings that qualify as fit for human habitation.

Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn provides some much-needed context:

Here’s Marcus Chown with some more number-crunching:

So, what are we to conclude?

Simple: This is electioneering by the Conservative Party – based on a lie.

Mrs May knows the Tories are heading for electoral apocalypse, due in no small part to their own infighting over Brexit and policies that have sent working-class people into the arms of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour.

So she is trying to steal some of those voters back with a false claim that her party – that has scorned social housing for four decades, preferring to sell it off so a new generation of landlords can fleece the poor – now supports it, even though the amount of money on offer is a tiny fraction of what the Tories have taken away over the last eight years.

It is too little, too late.

Don’t be fooled.

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8 thoughts on “Don’t be fooled: The Tory £2bn offer for social housing is a sick joke

  1. jacobusmcmxlvii

    “That’s £6.1bn less than the 2009 total in a single year, and Mrs May’s current offer is only for £2bn in total.” Mike, according to your previous paragraph that was actually £6.1bn less than the 2009 total in SIX years! Or maybe you weren’t being entirely clear about what you meant to state… This is just a fact check – otherwise I’m with you all the way!

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      You are mistaken. The £6.1bn less than the 2009 total refers ONLY to 2015. I don’t have figures for the cuts between 2010 and 2014 but they did take place, so the cumulative total is more than £6.1bn. A LOT more. I tried to be as clear as possible.

      I’ve since learned that the £2bn offer is for SEVEN years, starting in 2022. What do you think of that?

      1. jacobusmcmxlvii

        Ah – OK, so what you actually meant was – “so that by 2015 the ANNUAL amount available had been more than halved, from £11.4bn in 2009 to £5.3bn that year.” Fair enough. I wasn’t trying to nit-pick!

        As to what I think of what you’ve since learned – typical Tory obfustication, relying on headline figures to bamboozle Joe Public.

  2. MikeCoppock

    When I heard the announcement, what I heard it as:
    “Over the lifetime of this government, we confirm that we will not be investing any money into social housing.”
    That’s what she’s said, isn’t it?

  3. Pat Sheehan

    It’s just the sort of drivel a ‘conservative’ minister or PM would say. It’s just the way they are: the way it is: they can’t help it. It’s what being ‘conservative’ is all about: ‘conservatism’ with the truth is just one small part of it: ‘conservatism’ with regard to integrity is another!

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