In this new political battle, the greatest tension will not be left v right or even fiscal
doves v economic hawks. It will be a battle between creativity and convention.
Some local authorities don’t even keep a record of whether the buildings are in use.
Can we honestly say that a house with damp is acceptable? Or a home with poor insulation, when it costs an extra £650 per year to heat?
Bowman and Westlake’s policy ideas are perfectly compatible with this end, but pitching them as a city and town agenda risks creating a false impression.
The UK needs a state-of-the-art ‘gigafactory’, and it should be built here in the West Midlands alongside our established automotive cluster.
There needs to be the ability to evict when that is justified. Undue delay and obstruction and the rental market will shrink.
The rest of our economy is shifting to greater sustainability. The system to provide places to live should do the same.
A stricter separation between church and state at local level would safeguard against political patronage.
In the UK, we have lost the capacity for individuals to provide or commission homes individually tailored to their needs.
Plus: We must be the Party for social housing as well as home ownership. And: why don’t we trumpet our history of social reform?
The Conservatives are the natural political home for those who value national identity and are open to the world.
The founder of The Big Issue expresses his aversion to liberalism, and his disappointment with the middle class.
Bold plans could see 100,000 extra properties. It would also mean an improved quality of housing for existing tenants.
If we are going to build 300,000 homes and ensure public support, quality really counts. Let’s have new homes that we can be proud of for hundreds of years.
Work has been rewarded. Predictions of rent arrears increasing have been proved false. The number of households penalised has fallen from 660,000 to 381,000.