Javid has correctly identified the problem. Now he needs to spot who the true culprits are, and what can be done to prevent them causing further harm.
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Developers must hand over the payments agreed – and councils need to put more thought into spending it effectively.
Nadhim Zahawi: Unfussily, quietly and impressively, Hammond’s Budget has prepared the ground for national recovery
The Chancellor has not suddenly changed who he is; he has carefully analysed the issues we face and plotted out a course of action to build a Britain fit for the future.
Andrew Wood: Yes, Singapore really is an example we can learn from. But not for the reasons some Tories give.
It is not especially low tax, nor is it unregulated – though it is certainly a more business-friendly environment then the UK. Here is why it works.
Michael Fallon: We must revive the Conservative ideal of a capital-owning democracy. Here’s how to make a start.
20 per cent of Royal Mail is now owned by its staff and small investors – a privatisation I undertook. That’s what we should be doing with our remaining state shareholdings.
Plus: We need a Housing Minister who will do for new homes what Michael Heseltine did with development corporations in the 1980s.
With 6,000 properties lying empty, the Secretary of State has intervened over the failure to produce a local plan.
Since the Stamp Duty announcement I’ve spotted soft ‘Corbynistas’ actually congratulating the Chancellor by name.
It continues to clear the deficit, prepare for Brexit, and back our businesses with the support they need to boost productivity.
Productivity varies sharply. In Lambeth a planning officer approves an average of 39 applications a year – in next door Merton its 189.
Hammond’s plan – from abolishing Stamp Duty for most first-time buyers, through to reforms to help Universal Credit recipients.
Cutting the cost of living. Building more houses. Protecting the NHS. Developing skills. A draft of the proposals Hammond should deliver.
Andrew Green: No, EFTA membership would not give us adequate control of immigration. There is a better way.
MigrationWatch has suggested that those EU migrants with skills in short supply should be able to come to the UK for a time-limited period after Brexit.
Councils need to use their own land to boost development – without the Mayor of London being able to get in the way.
“We’re delivering planning permissions in record numbers. Actually we’re delivering homes in record numbers – 217,000 in the last year.”