The Government want to call it ‘social’ housing rather than state housing so that the responsibility sounds like it’s a problem the community has to solve and not the state.
So for all the politics of kindness and year of delivery, on top of the enormous homelessness we have 11000 on the waiting list…
The Government is defending a “small quarterly increase” in the wait for social housing despite a 40 percent hike from the same time last year.
In total, 11,067 people remain on the waiting list for state and community-provided housing.
…we are not seeing the vast investment into state houses we need to seriously challenge the housing and homelessness crisis.
The question is why not.
Part of the answer is 9 years of under investment by National, the other part is because Labour signed a self constraining agreement to our Corporate Overlords to not borrow for a mass state house building programme.
This Government can’t be blamed for a decade of neglect, but they sure as hell are the architects of their own shortcomings.