The people with the least to gain from the policy makers obsession with house building are those wanting and needing better housing. By not dealing with the real issues – the maldistribution of housing, the lack of security for private tenants, and the lack of social housing; the plight of those wanting a more secure future will not improve and possibly get worse.
If policy makers were serious about housing they would:
Provide more social housing;
Improve the rights of private tenants;
Restrict house ownership to residents, rather than those buying for second homes, holiday lets and investment purposes;
Limit the capital gains of movers from high house price to lower price areas;
Stop welfare changes which punish the poor;
Create a more equitable tax system.