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US News Conservative Government Hasn't Built A Single Starter Home Since Pledging 200,000 Houses Four Years Ago

12:10  05 november  2019
12:10  05 november  2019 Source:   huffingtonpost.co.uk

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“ Conservative ministers pledged in 2015 to build 200 , 000 cut-price homes for first-time buyers, but the NAO confirms they haven’ t built a single one, despite wasting four years and spending millions of pounds. “After nearly 10 years of Conservative failure on housing , the country needs a Labour

Spending watchdog finds government failed to build any of 200 , 000 homes promised. The shadow housing secretary, John Healey, said: “The Conservatives ’ flagship housing announcement for The report comes as a new coalition of housing organisations has called for all new homes to be made

  Conservative Government Hasn't Built A Single Starter Home Since Pledging 200,000 Houses Four Years Ago © Getty The Tory government has failed to build a single starter home more than four years after making a major pledge to build 200,000, a damning report has revealed.

An investigation by the National Audit Office (NAO), released on Tuesday, has revealed that the scheme – announced in March 2015 – had delivered zero affordable homes for under 40s trying to find a way onto the property ladder with a 20% discount. 

In November 2015, former chancellor George Osborne said there would be £2.3 billion made available to support the creation of 60,000 starter homes. However, with the legislation to deliver the scheme still not approved in 2019, not one home had been delivered. 

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Government plans to build 200 , 000 affordable homes have come to nothing A government plan to create 200 , 000 new homes for first-time buyers has resulted in no homes John Healey, Labour's shadow housing secretary, said the Conservative Party had wasted four years and spent millions of

Promised starter homes 'not built yet'. In 2014 the government promised to build 200 , 000 " starter homes " for people under the age of 40, sold at a 20% discount. Labour says ministers have wasted years and millions of pounds. But the government says it had a "great track record" on housing and

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a close up of a brick building: Not one of the 200,000 promised starter homes has materialised. © Bogdanhoda via Getty Images Not one of the 200,000 promised starter homes has materialised. Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, described the scheme as “plainly a non-starter”. She added that the housing crisis wasn’t just down to the “government’s failure” on the scheme, but a lack of “desperately” needed social homes.

The NAO have accused the government of a failure to “focus on delivery”, and instead raised the hopes of the public before letting key pledges on housing slide. 

Meg Hillier MP, who chairs the Public Accounts Committee, said: “Despite setting aside over £2 billion to build 60,000 new starter homes, none were built.

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Starter homes are new homes built for first-time buyers between 23 and 40 years old, sold at least 20% below market value. The Conservatives made a commitment in their manifesto for the 2015 general election to build 200 , 000 starter homes - the pledge to do so by 2020 was repeated in the

In March 2016 the government committed to " building 200 , 000 high quality starter homes exclusively for young first time buyers under 40, to be sold at a minimum of 20 per cent below the open market "We announced a £2.3 billion funding package to support the delivery of up to 60, 000 starter homes .

“Since 2010 many housing programmes announced with much fanfare have fallen away with money then recycled into the next announcement.

“The department needs to focus on delivery and not raise, and then dash, people’s expectations.”

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Starter homes would be built on brownfield public and commercial sites no longer needed for industrial or commercial use. The government suggests that builders face an average bill of £15, 000 per home in Section 106 agreements and Community Infrastructure Levy charges.

Meanwhile, Shelter revealed on Tuesday that 91% of private renters in need of social housing are unable to get a property, and instead left on waiting lists for years on end.

Research carried out by YouGov, on behalf of Shelter, revealed that 24% of parents had cut back on food in order to afford rising rental costs, with 14% forced to skip meals altogether. 

Neate added: “Social housing is what all political parties must focus on if we’re going to have any hope of solving the housing emergency.

“A commitment to build at least 90,000 social homes a year over the next parliament is their best shot at turning failure into success.”

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In 2017, the government announced they had dropped their flagship pledge to build 200,000 starter homes by 2020, instead aiming to create 200,000 new homeowners through a broader range of measures, including loan guarantee schemes and opportunities to share ownership. 

It was expected that the MHCLG would revive the starter homes scheme in 2019 by bringing the secondary legislation needed before parliament this year, the NAO said. However this has not yet materialised in the House of Commons. 

When HuffPost UK asked why the secondary legislation had not been brought before parliament, a spokesperson MHCLG simply said the department was “committed to building more homes and supporting people into home ownership”. 

The spokesperson added: “We have a great track record and house building is at its highest level for all but one of the last thirty years – with 222,000 homes delivered last year, and 1.3 million in total since 2010, including over 430,000 affordable homes.

“The number of first time buyers is currently at an 11-year annual high, and over 560,000 households have been helped into home ownership through government schemes like Help to Buy and Right to Buy.”

The government also pointed out that £250 million of the starter home fund had been spent on purchasing and preparing sites for development, with the rest of the the funding being used by Homes England to build more homes. 

Data presented in NAO’s report showed that though the number of houses built had increased in England over recent years, total numbers had continued to be lower than the rate of housebuilding in 1980.

In 2018, a total of 135,000 private homes were built, 27,000 housing association homes, and just 3,000 were built by local authorities. 

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Government must impose 'a rent freeze', Micheál Martin tells Dáil .
Government must impose 'a rent freeze', Micheál Martin tells DáilMr Martin was commenting on the latest figures on rent increases which he said had especially hit young people. He said rents in certain parts of Dublin had increased by 125pc over the past nine years and similar levels of increases happened in Cork, Limerick and Galway.

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