In the news
Housing is of course all over the news this morning, albeit slightly overshadowed by a cough, a prank and some falling scenery.
The Guardian remains wholly unimpressed with Theresa May’s announcement, running a news article saying it is “unlikely to solve the problem” and quoting an expert dismissing the £2bn as “chicken feed”.
It also runs an opinion piece by housing columnist Dawn Foster which rails against the prime minister’s “empty promises”.
Meanwhile, the Evening Standard also runs a news piece focusing on the backlash while, perhaps most surprisingly, pro-Tory The Sun – which splashed on the council housing plans before the speech – also turns on the announcements, saying the cash will build “only” 25,000 homes.
Ms May is arguably suffering from over-briefing the announcement before the speech – it is big news, but it is not a new generation of council housing.
Elsewhere, the BBC has a handy explainer for the lay-reader on some of the context to the housing announcement.
On social media
David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation, is feeling more positive than the UK’s press:
Joe Sarling reflects on how far housing policy has moved in two years:
And Matthew Gardiner notes housing policy appears to now be run directly from Number 10:
PM takes personal charge of fixing broken UK housing market. Extra £2bn for social rent is a good start #ukhousing— Matthew Gardiner (@TeamTHT)
Housing minister Alok Sharma will later address the Home Builders Federation annual Housing Market Intelligence Conference in London.