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Stop dithering and start building – urges union

Solving the housing crisis isn’t rocket science – stop dithering and start building, says the GMB.

According to the union if the Tories had launched building projects for each of their 1,000 housing announcements since 2010, things would look a lot rosier.

The government unveiled its delayed housing strategy today, topping off a series of ideas that have been pumped out weekly since they were in government.

But instead of churning out an average of three ideas every week the best way to solve the crisis is to simply start building.

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary, said: “Another day, another housing announcement. If the government had started building projects for each of their 1,000 policy announcements we wouldn’t be in the mess we are today.

“Under David Cameron house building fell to the lowest level of any peacetime Prime Minister since the 1920s, homelessness has rocketed and the number of homeowners has plummeted by more than 200,000.

“That’s not to mention the appalling lack of council housing – and the extortionate rents private landlords charge, often pocketing taxpayer cash while they’re at it.

“We need 250,000 homes a year to keep up with demand.

“The answer isn’t rocket science – stop dithering and start building.”

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