Op-ed: The Tory government has admitted the housing system is broken. They should know as previous Tory governments set the ball in motion.
Unelected PM Theresa May is expected to reveal a white paper aimed at tackling housing shortages and tenancy insecurities.
Tory PM Margaret Thatcher began the de-regulation of housing and allowing tenants to buy their council property at a knock down price but councils were not allowed to rebuild and replenish housing stock as revenue raised was ring-fenced.
Over time just who owns these sold-off properties is dubious; there are claims that plenty of MPs are landlords.
Between 1997 and 2010 Labour governments failed to act on housing.
Since a return to Tory led governments in 2010 matters have got much worse.
Homelessness is increasing and insecure tenancies blight lives. Interest rates are low but many people cannot afford to buy a home.
Gavin Barwell was appointed Minister of State for Housing, Planning and Minister for London at the Department for Communities and Local Government on July 17, 2016, and Sunday February 5, 2017 he was working overtime touring television studios.
He appeared on ITV's Peston and later on BBC's Sunday Politics with Andrew Neil.
"Gavin Barwell said there would be minimum tenancies and more homes built for rent in a "change of tone" from previous Tory policy. He said the government had not given up making home ownership available to all."
Mr Barwell talked the talk on the housing white paper but who will walk the walk?
For some the biggest concern over the housing white paper is will new housing be built on green belt land.
For others the worries include;
Now we have a Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn the opposition is promising a radical overhaul of housing. So are the Tory Party simply jumping on the bandwagon or do they want to make a real positive difference?
Time will tell.
Call me a cynic but there is bound to be more to this than meets the eye.
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