On the Today programme this morning Polly Neate, the chief executive of Shelter, said she hoped there would be “some serious numbers” in Theresa May’s announcement on council homes. She said: We do need to see some serious numbers being talked about today, but if we do, this could be an absolute watershed because this is what we desperately need … We’ve got about 1.2 million people on the waiting list currently for social housing. Honestly, from what we see at Shelter every day it’s not possible to exaggerate the level of misery that that represents, and we have people pushed into the private rented sector, which is completely unaffordable due to a combination of social security cuts on the one hand, low wages, and also then the huge cost anyway within the property market.
But we dont need 1.2 million extra houses! We need to make existing housing more affordable!