Guest Blog: A political consensus to solving the housing crisis could finally be emerging

Guest Blog: A political consensus to solving the housing crisis could finally be emerging

By Nick Boles MP

One of the basic promises of Britain’s free society is that anyone who works hard and saves should be able buy a decent home at a price they can afford.

The greatest scandal of the past two decades is the failure of political leaders to keep this promise, as I discuss in my new book.

Following years of debate on how to solve this problem, there is finally a glimmer of a new cross party consensus at the end of the tunnel.

Only last February the Labour Party announced their support for reducing the cost of land to make it easier to build more affordable homes. It might surprise readers to learn that, not only do many in the Conservative Party support this idea, but we in fact proposed it first in our manifesto in 2017.

This political consensus is backed by agreement in the housing sector from respected think tanks like Civitas, The Adam Smith Institute and campaigners like the housing charity Shelter.

If there is one advantage of a hung parliament, it’s that we have to work together to fix problems like the housing crisis, and that, I hope, is what we’re on the brink of.

Nick Boles is the Conservative MP for Grantham and Stamford

 

 

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