Theresa May fails the sustainability test

Helen Barnard, head of analysis at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said it was encouraging that May put housing at the centre of her speech.

“Our research shows how much housing contributes to poverty. She has highlighted the right issue. For us, what we now want to see is what are the concrete policies she’s going to put in place to achieve it,” said Barnard.

During her speech on Tuesday, the prime minister said that high housing costs and the gap between those who own property and those who don’t “lie at the heart of falling social mobility, falling savings and low productivity”.

“There is an honest truth we need to address: we simply need to build more homes,” said May.

Oh dear another simplistic approach to housing! No mention of the impact of second homes, buying homes for investment or the impact of a rising population.


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