Published: 5th Nov 2019

The Conservative government has so far failed to deliver any of the 200,000 starter homes it promised to build by 2020, according to an official watchdog. A new report out today (5 November) by the National Audit Office (NAO) concludes that not only have no starter homes been built, but also that the necessary legislation is still not in place, either. In April 2015, the Conservative Party manifesto promised to build 200,000 starter homes, which would be sold at a 20% discount and will be built exclusively for first-time buyers under the age of 40. The November 2015 Spending Review subsequently provided £2.3 billion to support the delivery of 60,000 starter homes, of the 200,000 previously announced. The Housing and Planning Act (2016) set out the legislative framework fo starter homes and the Department ran a consultation on necessary regulations between March and June 2016. But the NAO report notes … (To read the full article, subscribe below)