Tuesday, 01 September 2015

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.’

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