Flint: Public opinion makes housing 'complicated'
Shadow communities secretary Caroline Flint has stated that making housing policy is complicated because public opinion is widely divided on the issue.
Ms Flint spoke out at a fringe event at the Labour Party conference yesterday afternoon.
She admitted that drawing up a housing policy ‘isn’t easy’. ‘If it was easy someone would have sorted it out before now,’ she said.
‘Certainly as minister one of the challenges you had to deal with is it is such a fragmented area. There isn’t a united voice about homes.
‘One of the biggest challenges was how do we engage with the public in a way that people understand that we do need more homes.’
Ms Flint said she wanted to create a housing market where ‘stigma isn’t attached to social housing and the private [rented] sector isn’t seen as second best’. She added that home ownership should not be the only option that people aspire to.
Her speech was light on policy detail although she did reference ideas published recently in which she talked about the possibility of introducing housing Asbos.
Ms Flint’s main speech to conference comes on Thursday.