Decision time

It’s May 8, 2015. A new government takes office promising that housing will be a priority. But can we be sure they will deliver?

They may have different means in mind but all of the major parties are apparently committed to the same end: Yes to Homes. Whoever wins in a year’s time faces an uphill struggle to boost output from the current miserable levels.

A report published today by Shelter and KPMG sets out a road map for how the new government can get from there to the promised land of 250,000 new homes a year by 2021. It begins with two significant and symbolic acts by the new prime minister on day one – the appointment of the housing minister to the Cabinet and a declaration that building more homes is a ‘national priority’ – and it continues with a programme for the first 50 and 100 days and each year of the new government. The full report is here and a shorter web version here.

Read the rest of this post on Inside Edge, my blog for Inside Housing

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