May: Immigration is driving demand for homes
Theresa May has pledged to restrict immigration, saying it has fuelled demand for new housing.
The home secretary, in a speech to the Conservative party conference yesterday, said: ‘Uncontrolled, mass immigration undermines social cohesion, and in some places it overburdens our infrastructure and public services.
‘It is behind more than a third of the demand for all new housing in the UK.’ She said immigration has put pressure on schools and undercut wages.
Ms May said the government has put a limit on work visas and is ‘cutting out the abuse of student visas’. She said it is also looking at the ‘abuse of free movement of people across Europe’.
Ms May said: ‘I know there are powerful vested interests who will oppose our immigration policies every step of the way.
‘They argue that more immigration means more economic growth. But what they mean is more immigration means a bigger population – there is not a shred of evidence that uncontrolled, mass immigration makes us better off.’