Published: 6th Aug 2019

Noises out of the new Prime Minister’s administration indicate they will shift towards home ownership and away from social housing, but this approach would be wrong, writes Ken Jones, former Director of Housing. I am sure that there will be many like me, who had hoped that over the last two years a consensus was emerging across the political spectrum on the pressing need for a significant increase in the supply of truly affordable rented homes. This consensus expanded the role of councils as providers of many of these new homes, as made clear by the then Housing Minister, Kit Malthouse just a few weeks ago. The foundations for that consensus were built upon the decades of under supply of new homes of all tenures. This produced a dysfunctional housing market and increasing numbers of households left with no option other than to enter the private rented sector. Policy positions … (To read the full article, subscribe below)