Young people face ‘housing exile’, cabinet minister to warn
2 July 2015
From the section UK Politics
Labour says there are 205,000 fewer homeowners than when David Cameron came to power in 2010
Many young people are being “exiled” from the neighbourhoods they grew up in because of a lack of affordable housing, a cabinet minister is to warn.
Communities Secretary Greg Clark will tell council leaders it is a “defining test” for any government to provide homes to keep the “chain of community”.
Harriet Harman will tell the conference the housing shortage is now “chronic”.
Tory plans to make housing associations sell homes will make matters worse, the acting Labour leader will say.
The four candidates vying to lead Labour on a permanent basis – Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Liz Kendall and Jeremy Corbyn – will also speak at the annual Local Government Association conference in Harrogate, setting out ideas on housing and decentralisation.
In his first major speech since joining the cabinet last month, Mr Clark will signal an ambitious agenda to hand powers to England’s cities and regions, urging council leaders to “take power now” from Whitehall.
Devolving transport, skills and housing budgets to local authorities on a collective and individual basis will help unlock economic opportunities and create “a nation of muscular communities – north and south, town and country”, he will argue.
However, he will acknowledge the scale of the challenge facing the country to ensure housing supply keeps pace with demand and the social dislocation caused by the lack of affordable properties to own or rent in many parts of the country.
“For centuries, to be exiled – to be sent away – was considered to be an extreme penalty, reserved for the most serious of offences against the community,” …read more
Source:: BBC UK