Friday, 19 December 2014

Cameron wants to inspire 'Tory housing revolution'

The prime minister has pledged to ‘inspire a new Tory housing revolution’ to tackle the failure of the housing market.

In his speech to the Conservative Party conference in Manchester this afternoon, David Cameron said his government would address the shortage of homes.

‘The failure of the housing market is bound up by the debt crisis,’ he said. ‘Because lenders won’t lend, builders won’t build and buyers can’t buy.

‘We’re sorting this out, bringing back the right to buy and using the money to build new homes.’

Earlier in the week Mr Cameron announced the government wants to overhaul the right to buy, offering increased discounts and reinvesting the revenue raised in building 100,000 new affordable homes.

In his conference speech Mr Cameron also pledged to tackle the problems in society that led to the August riots.

‘It starts with families,’ he said. ‘I want to make this the most family-friendly government the country has ever seen. More childcare. More health visitors.

‘More relationship support. More help with parenting. And for the 120,000 families that are most troubled – and causing the most trouble – a commitment to turn their lives around by the end of this parliament.’

He also announced a new ‘focus’ on children in care, saying: ‘With the right values and the right effort, let’s end this scandal and help these, the most vulnerable children of all.’

The prime minister also touched on planning, referencing plans to give communities the power to take over the running of local services, and – in a reference to concerns about the new national planning policy framework – stating: ‘I love our countryside and there’s nothing I would do to put it at risk.’

Readers' comments (9)

  • ‘I want to make this the most family-friendly government the country has ever seen. More childcare. More health visitors.

    ‘More relationship support. More help with parenting.'

    So that means he will reverse the funding cuts to Sure start Centre's, increase benefit levels for people in benefit, reverse the damaging housing benefit cuts and give people a living wage so that work pays?

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  • F451

    I know what social housing is, and what affordable housing used to be, and I think I understand what affordable housing now is. I know what market housing is, and even private housing, but wtf is Tory Housing?

    Cameron needs to talk to Shapps in order to see behind: ‘The failure of the housing market is bound up by the debt crisis,’ he said. ‘Because lenders won’t lend, builders won’t build and buyers can’t buy.'
    Whilst that is true the problem is the perception 'housing market'. The cause of the crisis is when the Tories thought of housing as a market rather than as places people live. The cure is obvious - reverse the perception, abandon the market, invest in homes.

    The lack of housing is not a result of the financial crisis but part of the cause - any bluster that tries to re-write that history dooms us to perpetual future failure and suffering.

    Shapps in a rare moment when his mouth was moving, actually spoke sense when he said people should stop seeing houses as comodities and see them as home within which people live.

    Cameron's insistence on curing the housing market only extends the problem. Shapps failure to act on his own stated understanding also extends the problem. Labour's insistence on out torying the tories offers no solution either.

    Invest now in new homes and make those homes affordable through social rents; and keep building such homes until everyone is housed and the 'market' is no longer looking at houses through which to make short term gains.

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  • Can someone please explain to these people that a sale of a rented property on a social or affordable rent means one less property for someone on a waiting list.

    The sales are not like when a property developer builds in quantity then sells them, the RTB sales are individual in the middle of existing estates (usually the most popular family size homes) at a knock down figure due to the discount.

    How then can you build one property to replace it let alone increase the number, as builders will charge a premium for a 'one off' that is if there is a suitable plot of land in the same vicinity with ready made planning permission - because the RTBs are invariably in high demand areas.

    The sums just don't add up. Obviously they don't teach maths at Eton, Oxford and Cambridge - or else these characters were too busy scoring points in the debating societies and the drinking clubs!

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  • Could this Plonker inspire anything or anyone?

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  • "Tory Housing Revolution" - "WHATEVER"

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  • F451

    If the call to clear private debt quickly had to be pulled because economists pointed out how damaging it would be to the domestic economy, how can clearing public debt quickly be good for the domestic economy?

    Removing spending costs jobs, I think is the simplistic reason to not all rush and clear our credit cards. Has anyone explained this to Mr Osborne, especially now our financial mishaps are totally the cause of those nasty foreigners (unlike when the other lot were in when it was all their fault, and they were bringing down the whole world with them the scoundrals!)

    The only way this lot could muster a housing revolution would be to put a wendy house on a merry-go-around.

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  • Rick Campbell

    I'm not so sure they could erect a wendy house, dolls house or anything else for that matter.

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  • Jon Southall

    Maybe a house of cards Rick.

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  • Rick Campbell

    For some reason the following words spring to mind, Jono ----

    "You might think that, I couldn't possibly comment. "

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