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Gov't must get its hands dirty and intervene on housing

August 24, 2017 3:13 PM
Originally published by Newbury & West Berkshire Liberal Democrats

Commenting on quarterly housebuilding statistics released today by Department for Communities and Local Government, Liberal Democrat local government spokesperson, Wera Hobhouse, said: Wera Hobhouse MP
"The Government should not be rejoicing when there are still only roughly half the number of homes needed each year actually being built.

"There are still millions of people stuck on housing waiting lists or desperately trying to get on the housing ladder, who feel utterly ignored.

"The housing crisis will simply not be solved at this rate of building, the Government must get its hands dirty and intervene in our broken housing market. If developers don't build enough homes to meet demand, then the Government must do it themselves."

Wera Hobhouse was elected as the Liberal Democrat MP for Bath in the General Election of June 2017. She started her political life in Rochdale, where as a councillor she fought tireless against the building of 600 new homes and a children's nursery on asbestos-contaminated land, ultimately winning this 7-year battle.

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If you would like to read the report on the recent Q&A on Housing in West Berkshire, with Cllr Lee Dillon (Thatcham North) and Judith Bunting (Parliamentary Candidate), please click here.