and whether, in view of the Housing Crisis, Le will appoint a Select Committee to report on the best method of removing the present deadlock?
Since the days when the right hon. Member for Carnarvon Boroughs (Mr. Lloyd George) created a Housing Crisis by means of his scheme of land taxation, we have gone from bad to worse, and we have failed to learn by experience to anything like the extent that we might have done.
that rents in many areas are rising; that suffering and overcrowding is being caused thereby; and will he call a conference in Edinburgh of Scottish Members of Parliament with representatives of the principal burghs and county councils for the purpose of discussing ways and means to overcome the Housing Crisis?
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is awarethat, arising out of the increased cost of building materials, certain local authorities have suspended building programmes; that rents in many areas are rising; that suffering and overcrowding is being caused thereby; and will he call a conference in Edinburgh of Scottish Members of Parliament with representatives of the principal burghs and county councils for the purpose of discussing ways and means to overcome the Housing Crisis?
I beg to move, in page 4, line 29, to leave out from "until" to the end of the Clause, and to add:sufficient houses have been supplied to overcome the Housing Crisis.
We do not conceal it from ourselves that we wanted to use the Crisis in Housing in order to enlarge the powers of the public authorities to acquire land.
We have to discover how to reduce the man-hours on the site by transferring them to man-hours in the factory, and by the use of labour-saving equipment on the site; that is to say, we have to find the means of building houses at a tremendous speed to meet the Immediate Housing Crisis.
It has been said that the housing position is a crisis similar to that of the war, but I am doubtful whether those who used the expression realise what the Crisis of Housing means.
Until that time the emergency must be faced as the war has been faced, and everything must be utilised to solve the Crisis of Housing.
Viscountess Davidson asked the Minister of Works if, in view of the Present Housing Crisis, he will consider the employment in the building industry of women who have learnt, during the war, many of the trades, such as carpentering, painting and electrical wiring, which are essential to the building of houses.
asked the Minister of Works if, in view of the Present Housing Crisis, he will consider the employment in the building industry of women who have learnt, during the war, many of the trades, such as carpentering, painting and electrical wiring, which are essential to the building of houses.
For example, there was his statement, made a little later in the same year, that he anticipated that the worst of the Housing Crisis would be over by the end of 1947.
Sir W. Smithers asked the President of the Board of Trade why, in view of the 41 Housing Crisis in Britain, 500 prefabricated houses are to be shipped abroad from the port of Immingham on 14th November.
To turn to another person whom I regard as an expert in local affairs, Sir John Ure Primrose, the Lord Provost of Perth, who speaking on 4th December last year said:There will be a Housing Crisis in Perth and other cities unless something is done quickly to bring down housing costs.
The "Evening News" tonight is perfectly correct when it says, in an article headed "Housing Crisis in London," that if the London County Council is able to build every house it wants to build and can build under its organisation up to 1960, we shall still be 10,000 houses short in respect of families in London, ignoring altogether the 30,667 requisitioned houses.
The Housing Crisis in Capitalist and Colonial Countries.
He, like others, seemed to get inveigled into making comparisons between house production under one Government and another, when we know that that will in no way solve the Housing Crisis in Scotland.
74 In one very telling passage the Committee lists what it describes as "four hypotheses" which have been advanced as the cause of London's Housing Crisis: (a) the deadening effect of rent restriction—we have heard that one; (b) the inefficient use of local authority housing—we have heard that one too; (c) immigration; (d) unused housing standing empty.
The responsibility for the London Housing Crisis and for the miseries caused by the Rent Act in every one of our great conurbations is something which hon. Members opposite cannot wriggle out of now that the Report is published.
Theoretically, this may increase the stock of available housing, but actually it has made the Housing Crisis far worse than it was before.
cut in our housing programme as the rest of the United Kingdom - simply because of the Acute Housing Crisis in Scotland, which has been made worse by this storm.
If, in consort with the local authority, the Minister could give the housing societies more financial help and encourage them to think on a bigger scale, they, in parallel with the local authority, might precipitate an end to the Housing Crisis in Notting Hill.
We have a Housing Crisis, yet this extra cost is still allowed to burden the industry.
The report talks about the Great Housing Crisis in London and recommends drastic measures to deal with it - measures which have been foreseen by my colleagues at County Hall and to which my hon. Friend the Member for Hackney, Central (Mr. Clinton Davis) may make reference.
If the Government are serious about getting to grips with the Housing Crisis they should pour massive aid into housing authorities to enable them to get on with realistic house-building programmes and improvement programmes.
Solving the Housing Crisis is far more important than building more and more motorways, which increase traffic problems and do little to solve them.
But it is one very important way whereby the Government and the House could prove to homeless families that we really are serious about getting to grips with Our Housing Crisis.
We have spoken many times in this House of London's Housing Crisis.
Is the Minister aware that the Housing Crisis is not confined to inner London?
With the statistics of homeless reaching an all-time peak, with 500,000 people, according to the census, living in accommodation without their own bathrooms, hot water and inside lavatory, with 100,000 people lacking even the exclusive use of a stove or sink, with very modest houses built in my constituency at the beginning of the century now changing hands for £12,000 to £13,000, it is obvious that the Housing Crisis lies at the root of many of our problems.
The Housing Crisis is not restricted to the cities.
Whatever Whitehall may argue, there are more people today faced with a Housing Crisis than at any previous time.
If the right hon. Gentleman is not visiting Lambeth, will he acquaint himself with the dimensions of the Housing Crisis there?
My local authority was caught in a situation of an Acute Housing Crisis being suddenly thrust upon it, of worsening housing conditions and people having to stay longer under those conditions than they had expected, with a large comprehensive development already planned, approved and about to start, and with several developments for elderly people being completed in the city centre.
Perhaps for the first time, it is not just the central urban areas that are feeling the effect of the Housing Crisis.
We were discussing some of the problems arising out of the Housing Crisis, caused by a collapse of the house building programme under the Conservatives.
It is necessary for us to accept and acknowledge that there is a grave national Crisis in Housing.
Is there nothing that my right hon. Friend can offer in the short term to cities like Birmingham which are probably facing Their Worst Housing Crisis since the immediate post-war period?
Is the hon. Gentleman saying that the only solution to this terrible Crisis in Housing is to extend council house building and that the private building industry has no part to play?
I believe that we face a deep and worsening Housing Crisis, but not worsening for the reasons which have been given by some Conservative speakers, namely, that we are spending too much money on solving the problem.
The background of this debate is, by common consent, a situation of Crisis in Housing.
I want to see a measure for the public ownership of development land in conjunction with this Bill as a general attack on the Grave Housing Crisis.
This situation will mount up and we shall face an Acute Housing Crisis, if we have not already reached it.
It is about the total lack of success by the Government in dealing with This Housing Crisis that I shall speak.
By securing the release of this land the Government would be seen to be tackling the Housing Crisis and helping the housing problem this year.
The hon. Gentleman will also be aware of the statement, since the NEDC report was drafted, made by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment, showing that the Government are taking the Housing Crisis seriously whereas our predecessors did not.
But, above all, we are moving this motion today because of what we see as his ill-founded complacency and optimism in face of the Current Housing Crisis in this country.
In the 20 years I have been in the House, no Government have ever succeded in solving the Housing Crisis.
unable to look after the child, there are other powers open to the local authority—or whether it is a case of a parent who has done no harm to the child at all but where there is a long period of illness, financial difficulty, a Housing Crisis, or violence in the marriage.
Like most other industrial towns, Luton has an Acute Housing Crisis.
The size of my weekly surgery is a testimony to the town's Housing Crisis.
If we had better control over second home development, and either a voluntary or a compulsory scheme for utilising this stock outside the summer period, we could alleviate much of the Housing Crisis in rural areas.
What is the Government's response to the Welsh Housing Crisis?
We face a Major Housing Crisis, yet, the reaction of the Welsh Office is to reduce public expenditure on housing in real terms.
We face a major Housing Crisis, yet, the reaction of the Welsh Office is to reduce public expenditure on housing in real terms.
There are deepening anxieties about the Housing Crisis, an issue that was so aptly stressed by the hon. Member for Pembroke (Mr. Edwards).
I am determined that measures to deal with the Housing Crisis in Belfast should be given a much higher priority.
I am determined that measures to deal with the Housing Crisis in Belfast should be given a much higher priority than they have in the past.
The hon. Member for Bolsover (Mr. Skinner) - I do not often quote him - said only a week ago that the Housing Crisis was the failure of the Government and of no one else.
The background to today's debate on housing is clear: it is the total failure of the Government's housing policy, it is the exposure of the promises which the Labour Government put before the country in the two elections of 1974, and it is now the Government's apparent bankruptcy of thought about how to cope with the Housing Crisis which that failure has created.
I was glad to have that admission, but the hon. Gentleman should admit also that his Government's expenditure policies mean that we shall never be able to tackle Our Housing Crisis in Wales as we ought to tackle it.
I was glad to have that admission, but the hon. Gentleman should admit also that his Government's expenditure policies mean that we shall never be able to tackle our Housing Crisis in Wales as we ought to tackle it.
Although squatting is not a real or long-term solution to the Housing Crisis, it is a fact that we have to acknowledge although many Opposition Members refuse to acknowledge, that for many thousands of homeless people and homeless families squatting is a short-term necessity.
The Government seem to have no idea of the magnitude of the Housing Crisis in our country.
Mr. Heiferasked the Secretary of State for the Environment if, in view of the figures produced in the Report "Unfair Shares—Liverpool Improvement Resources ", produced by three housing associations from Merseyside and in a report by Shelter "The Housing Crisis Nationwide ", he will take action to provide a bigger share of resources for housing improvement in Liverpool.
Is the Secretary of State aware that in many inner cities, such as that which I represent, there is a Serious Housing Crisis that will not be helped by the complacency of his housing policly?
Because of their stubborn refusal to acknowledge that rent control strangles the supply of homes to rent and increases human misery, we shall never solve Our Housing Crisis unless and until some brave and moderate voices on the Opposition Benches - and there are some - publicly acknowledge that the Labour Party agrees that the ultimate answer lies in a gradual programme of decontrol.
Because of their stubborn refusal to acknowledge that rent control strangles the supply of homes to rent and increases human misery, we shall never solve our Housing Crisis unless and until some brave and moderate voices on the Opposition Benches - and there are some - publicly acknowledge that the Labour Party agrees that the ultimate answer lies in a gradual programme of decontrol.
Against the background of the Crisis in Housing, the Bill is largely irrelevant.
Is the Secretary of State aware that there is an Acute Housing Crisis?
Perhaps the reason why Conservative Members are not as agitated as the hon. Gentleman on this point is the realisation on the Government side that increased council house building year after year has not solved the nation's Housing Crisis.
It may not have solved the Housing Crisis nationally.
Over a period, the Government anticipate that the Housing Crisis will be eliminated.
We still suffer from an Acute Housing Crisis.
The Government claim that we have broken the back of the nation's Housing Crisis - a statement with which I do not agree.
We have a Real Housing Crisis in the South of England and we need to keep all property that is in reasonable structural condition.
Is he aware that every London Member can confirm that there is a worsening Housing Crisis in London, that homelessness is increasing, that waiting lists are increasing and that there is a decline in building?
As the night is still very young, I call the attention of the House to the Impending Housing Crisis in London, which has been caused by the destructive policies carried out by the Tory Greater London Council.
Having outlined the growing Housing Crisis in South Wales, it states: "We therefore urge the Government to reconsider its attitude towards housing and towards a philosophy which cannot and will not work in the current economic situation.
I suggest that the problem is best seen in the context of the overall Housing Crisis in South Wales.
Failure to publish it will merely confirm our worst suspicions—namely, that the right hon. Gentleman is suppressing information about Britain's mounting Housing Crisis.
For our part, we shall not be party to a pretence that the Housing Crisis in this country can be overcome by making tenants survive on one-year tenancies.
If there is a Housing Crisis, it is not a crisis of demand or a crisis of supply.
It is dishonest of the right hon. Member for Sparkbrook to dismiss shorthold tenancies as being not on because they do not solve the Housing Crisis.
The cuts in housing association budgets will exaggerate the region's growing Housing Crisis.
Part of that national misery is being secured by the Secretary of State for the Environment, because he is presiding over what will become the Worst Housing Crisis that many of us will have seen in our lifetime.
Part of that national misery is being secured by the Secretary of State for the Environment, because he is presiding over what will become the worst Housing Crisis that many of us will have seen in our lifetime.
One cannot envy the task of the Minister in having to defend the indefensible, in having to defend a Government who are presiding over an Acute Housing Crisis.
One cannot envy the task of the Minister in having to defend the indefensible, in having to defend a Government who are presiding over an acute Housing Crisis.
This episode will be noted outside the House by many millions of people who regard the Housing Crisis as much more important than the Heseltine crisis.
The right hon. Gentleman's policies are ensuring that Britain's Housing Crisis will endure well into the twenty-first century.
Bearing in mind the right hon. Gentleman's whole appalling record as the Secretary of State responsible for housing, may I ask whether he realises the amount of family misery which is being caused by the policies for which he has been responsible and which have meant the Worst Housing Crisis that this country has faced for many years?
That Crisis in Housing has been compounded by the cuts in housing allocations this week - a cut of 50 per cent.
That is the accepted, factual background to the Housing Crisis in the borough that I represent.
What we are saying, very simply, is that to decrease in this dramatic way the real resources that are available for housing need in Scotland, at a time when the Housing Crisis is deepening and when authorities are struggling to maintain properties and standards, is a criminal misuse of priorities by the present Government.
Britain today faces its gravest peace-time Housing Crisis for more than half a century.
In his article Mr. Lipsey referred to:the bare bones of the Housing Crisis that is inevitable in the mid-Eighties.
We are heading towards the severest Housing Crisis that we have seen for a long time.
From that suppressed report we know how serious is the Housing Crisis in London.
It is a first-class method of relieving the Housing Crisis.
I raise the matter because there is developing a Housing Crisis in the borough.
Both the provisions in my Bill would bring great benefit and help to ease the nation's Housing Crisis.
Does the Minister accept that there is a Housing Crisis, and, if not why not?
Will the hon. Gentleman ignore his doctrinaire disagreement with public sector housing and admit that the only real way to solve the nation's Housing Crisis is to build more homes, whether for rent or for sale?
and future generations of young people on the housing waiting lists as the Housing Crisis develops during the rest of this decade?
Will the Leader of the House provide Government time for a debate on the Housing Crisis facing the nation?
I believe in the revitalisation of public sector housing as the only real means of solving the nation's ever-growing Housing Crisis.
All too often this is not possible because of the Housing Crisis in inner London and we are left with elderly people who are dependent on the services.
They become more pertinent as Our Housing Crisis intensifies.
However, the Bill will clearly make no significant impact on the parts of the Housing Crisis to which the Government have turned a blind eye.
The Bill does nothing to alleviate the Housing Crisis that the Government have created, and we shall oppose it tonight.
Historians will look back on the case made out for the Bill in the Present Housing Crisis as a joke in the worst possible taste.
Therefore, we shall have a Major Housing Crisis in Scotland.
The Government told us that there would then be a boom in the private sector, investment in it and the ending of the Housing Crisis.
Bereft of policies to put this country back to work, to solve the Housing Crisis or to produce peace in this country, it intends - as we have seen this afternoon - to spend the next four weeks smearing the Labour party with the most extravagant untruths that it can think of.
If existing rented accommodation is to continue to be sold off and very little new council accommodation is to be built, we seem to be heading for a formidable Housing Crisis.
However, I find that the case is to the contrary and the Bill deals with a whole series of relatively minor and peripheral issues, and is largely irrelevant when it comes to facing up to the Housing Crisis that we have to endure.
This Bill is introduced against the background of a Major Housing Crisis.
It falls to me to say from the Liberal Benches, as it did to the Liberal spokesman when the Bill was introduced in its original form in the last Parliament, that the Bill does nothing to deal with the Housing Crisis in Britain in 1983.
There will be a Housing Crisis of 1945 proportions.
The hon. Member for Southwark and Bermondsey (Mr. Hughes) mentioned the Crisis in Housing.
It is the monetarist policies pursued by the Government, the cuts in the housing investment programme and the way in which they have pulled the rug from under the feet of private sector constructors which are responsible for the Housing Crisis.
The Bill completely fails to measure up to the magnitude of the Housing Crisis in Scotland.
As the nation's Housing Crisis intensifies, with fewer public sector houses for rent being constructed, and waiting lists and homelessness increasing, the Bill becomes essential.
I have already been approached by a couple of moderate-sized landlords in my constituency - and I am currently in correspondence with the Chancellor on the issue-who have always been against letting their property by the week during the summer because, they say, they can see the agony of the Housing Crisis that that creates.
We have a major Crisis in Housing at the moment with 1·5 million people on the waiting lists and thousands homeless.
The scheme will continue the Housing Crisis and the lack of confidence in housing circles and will do very little for Scottish tenants.
It is almost offensive to hear the hon. Member for Hamilton complain that it is our fault that those people cannot find housing and that housing conditions in Scotland are so poor when the Housing Crisis about which we hear so much is the creation of Socialism.
Things are bad enough, but there is a need to avert the Major Housing Crisis that is round the corner.
There is a Housing Crisis which, on the basis of present policies, can only get worse.
There is cause for concern about the way in which, as a result of the Housing Crisis, some landlords are making unscrupulous profits out of bed and breakfast accommodation.
My hon. Friend the Member for Norwood was right when he said that there was a Housing Crisis around the corner.
Six months ago the local authority in my area declared that the London borough of Brent was an Acute Housing Crisis area, as soon as the waiting list went above 15,000.
There is something odd about the Housing Crisis of which we have heard in the debate.
The next lesson to be learnt is that we cannot run the construction industry on the basis of responding to a Housing Crisis at one moment and then shutting it down in response to monetary policy at another time.
There is a danger that Scotland will go into a Housing Crisis.
, and they would not have restricted the involvement of local authorities when the opportunity exists to tackle what is a Major Housing Crisis in many local authorities.
The Bill meets the needs of the Present Housing Crisis.
The background to the Bill and the need for it is a growing Housing Crisis.
There is a Major Housing Crisis in Wandsworth which some of the associations' schemes might do something to alleviate.
In its election manifesto for the last general election campaign, the Labour party made it clear thatBritain faces a Major Housing Crisis.
Those figures - I realise that sometimes figures are not absorbed- demonstrate a massive and growing Housing Crisis.
We are staggering to a Terrible Housing Crisis.
Will the Secretary of State now assure the House that the Housing Crisis will not be worsened by yet again forcing housing to bear the main burden of the current proposed cuts?
I fear that we are rapidly approaching a time when the housing stock will deteriorate rather than be improved, and there will be a Housing Crisis in a few years' time.
Does he recall that under our statutory obligations we are paying £30,000 a week for the homeless, and that we have a Crisis in Housing with 15,000 people on the waiting list?
There is no doubt that there is a Housing Crisis.
The debate centres on the deepening Housing Crisis that confronts the country.
We had a debate last evening about public expenditure on housing, and the Minister for Housing and Construction is well aware of the considerable anxiety about the Housing Crisis.
That debate related solely to the Housing Crisis, the wholly inadequate investment programme of the Government and the wholly inadequate priority which they give to housing and to improving the disastrous record that I have tried to highlight.
For example, there is the Housing Crisis.
There is a Real Housing Crisis.
As my hon. Friend the Member for Copeland has said, the Secretary of State for the Environment failed to make any mention of the Housing Crisis which is developing apace.
If all the best houses have been sold off after nine to 10 years of council house sales, and if the Housing Crisis has worsened and waiting lists have lengthened, we shall be in a completely new ball game.
Does the Minister not agree that the figures are a wholly inadequate response to the Housing Crisis facing the country?
It takes place against a background of an Impending Housing Crisis, which, if it is not countered soon, could result in the triumphant return of the bulldozer to many of our cities.
It takes place against a background of an impending Housing Crisis, which, if it is not countered soon, could result in the triumphant return of the bulldozer to many of our cities.
I see a need for the Government to respond with more resources and possibly the establishment of a Royal Commission inquiry to examine the extent and the gravity of Our Housing Crisis.
In the light of his statement how does he propose that the first city outside the capital should deal with urban decay and a genuine Crisis in Housing?
Is not the Worst Housing Crisis in those areas, with largely Labour-controlled authorities, where housing resources have been violently mismanaged?
Thus we say that the Government have failed to tackle the Housing Crisis effectively.
Burnley and many other towns are heading in the near future for a Housing Crisis in the public and private sectors, but that is a subject for another debate.
Does my hon. Friend accept that there are indirect as well as direct revenue implications from HIPs in boroughs such as his and mine upon all the current services of the borough and Lancashire county council from not solving the mounting Housing Crisis due to the additional burdens that will be placed on the social services?
If the hon. Gentleman wishes to help to solve the Housing Crisis in Liverpool, he should persuade the city council to end its policy of buying co-operatives and instead to encourage co-operative housing development, which is what many of the people of Liverpool want.
The nation's Housing Crisis will be resolved only if greater use is made of our existing housing stock and if more local authorities take the trouble to examine the tenants' charter enshrined in the Housing Act 1980.
A top level inquiry headed by a member of the royal family, the report of which was published in January, says that Britain faces a Serious Housing Crisis, with the poor suffering most of all.
A top level inquiry headed by a member of the royal family, the report of which was published in January, says that Britain faces a serious Housing Crisis, with the poor suffering most of all.
Coupled with that is the need to tackle the very Serious Housing Crisis.
My second issue is domestic - the growing Housing Crisis.
All informed opinion believes that the Government are contributing further to the Housing Crisis and, because of the vulnerable age group on which they are picking, they could rapidly create major social tensions as well.
This debate takes place against the background of an Acute Housing Crisis.
This debate takes place against the background of an acute Housing Crisis.
A debate on these matters is urgently needed as the Housing Crisis is getting worse throughout the country.
The Audit Commission was set up by the Government, but only a few days ago it said that to tackle seriously the scope and size of Our Housing Crisis no less than £50,000 million was required.
I thought that the hon. Member for Birmingham, Northfield (Mr. King) was starting to tease me a little, but he made a valuable contribution about the massive scale of the Housing Crisis in Birmingham.
I regard my constituency as a deprived area in housing terms and hon. Members who represent deprived parts of the country welcome all initiatives to help overcome the Housing Crisis which has resulted from the Government's crazy economic policy.
May I take this opportunity to remind the hon. Gentleman of the Terrible Housing Crisis that is developing in Wales?
The Government will be building up a major slum problem for the next decade if they do not act now - indeed, take long-term action - to deal with the Housing Crisis in the public and private sectors.
Does the Welsh Office realise that that accummulated deficit, year on year, is building up an increasing Housing Crisis?
There will be a debate on an Opposition motion entitled "The Housing Crisis and Urban Deprivation".
The Housing Crisis has become more acute, particularly in the inner-city areas, because people have nowhere to go to work.
Many different reports on housing have been mentioned during the debate, but I would not have thought that any Member who represents an inner urban area, or who has one within his or her constituency, would need a report from any quarter to make him aware that there is a Housing Crisis.
I do not imagine that Coventry is facing a Housing Crisis on its own.
May I remind the House that this debate is about the Housing Crisis and urban deprivation.
There is a Housing Crisis in Bradford, yet £250,000 of urban aid has been directed recently to renovating 30 bedrooms in a luxury hotel in Bradford.
I know that the Government's philosophy is that problems are not solved by throwing money at them, but I should like the Minister to explain how one solves London's Housing Crisis by a 72 per cent.
There is a growing Housing Crisis in Waltham Forest and a severe problem of homelessness.
The debate covered the increasing poverty and deprivation in our inner-city areas and the Government's failure to deal with the serious pproblem of widespread disrepair in urban areas, the need to regenerate Britain's cities and the need to reverse the deliberate reduction of rate support grant and investment in housing which is leading to a Major Housing Crisis and more homelessness among the more unfortunate members of our society.
In other words, the council and the Government by cutting the housing budget for building, renovation and repairs are creating a Housing Crisis in our inner cities which makes the underlying problems far worse for people at every level.
The Housing Crisis is all around us.
When the Labour party comes to power - perhaps in the next 18 months or two years - it will face a Housing Crisis of 1945 proportions, with massively growing waiting lists, increasing homelessness and a deterioration of the housing stock.
We face a formidable Housing Crisis.
In those days it was said that there was a Housing Crisis.
The Chief Housing Officers Association suggested that billions of pounds in cash over 15 years is required in south Wales to avert a Major Housing Crisis.
In 1984 that report concluded that a Housing Crisis lay ahead unless urgent action was taken to allocate resources for house building and renovation.
Will the hon. Gentleman reconsider the grant given to the Housing Corporation, and encourage the view that, if there is a Crisis in Housing in the capital city, he will seek to make additional funds available to the Housing Corporation?
On the day that the House adjourned for Christmas, I raised the problem of the Housing Crisis in my constituency of Leyton and Leytonstone.
The housing problem which was evident when I became a Member in 1979 is now a Housing Crisis.
It would put building workers back into jobs and tackle the Housing Crisis that is building up.
Most of us do not find the Housing Crisis and the conditions in which many of our constituents live a laughing matter.
We welcome any money that will ensure that Scottish local authorities do not get into problems with housing finance, but the Secretary of State should not run away with the idea that the order will benefit, or do anything to stop, the Major Housing Crisis that Scotland faces now.
Many houses could have been repaired with those exorbitant, wasted funds, yet the council deliberately chose to keep 12,000 houses throughout the county unoccupied so that it could claim there was a Housing Crisis in the city of Leicester.
There is no doubt about the extent of the Housing Crisis.
The main feature about the Housing Crisis is that there is no division between the tenant and the owner-occupier.
However, that is no justification for not building new council houses and modernising older council houses and making money available to deal with the Housing Crisis that faces this country.
A Housing Crisis is rapidly dawning in the constituency that I represent.
The Labour party has spelt it out many times, my right hon. Friend the Member for Sparkbrook said it today and we repeat with all the force at our command that there is a need for spending on schools, roads, hospitals and railways, to say nothing of the Crisis in Housing.
The backlog of repairs and the blame for the Current Housing Crisis that the Select Committee highlights lies firmly with the Government.
The backlog of repairs and the blame for the current Housing Crisis that the Select Committee highlights lies firmly with the Government.
Everyone knows that there is a Crisis in Housing.
Against that appalling record, that lack of policy, there is a growing Housing Crisis and no evidence that the Government are prepared to do anything about it.
We believe that the Housing Crisis in this country demands more than a single-issue debate which takes place in 90 minutes.
There is nothing whatever in the Gracious Speech to show that the Government have realised the nature and extent of the Housing Crisis in our country, and how that crisis could be resolved.
The same sort of people are now trying to to suggest that there is not really a Housing Crisis, and that young women are becoming pregnant in order to jump the waiting list.
Despite its so-called Housing Crisis, it refused money for the Eldonian housing association that would have built 143 houses, in spite of complaints from the local community.
Regrettably, Newham, like other boroughs, has rent arrears, but it would be absurd to attempt to blame the Housing Crisis on that fact.
Is it not the case that housing allocations return the total only to 1984–85 levels and that Ministers are involved in an electoral ruse because Wales has a Housing Crisis for which the Government have no strategic answer whatever?
Twenty years ago, to within a couple of weeks, the television play "Cathy Come Home" brought home to the British public the seriousness of the problem of homelessness and the fact that there was a Major Housing Crisis.
So those things must be linked to the Housing Crisis in places like Liverpool.
I take the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Broadgreen, who, in his graphic description of Liverpool, related the Housing Crisis much more broadly.
We have a Major Housing Crisis which the Government have done nothing to solve.
We have a major Housing Crisis which the Government have done nothing to solve.
The hon. Member for Brigg and Cleethorpes was right in one respect - there is an Acute Housing Crisis, but deregulating the privately rented sector would make it far worse.
Thus it is increasingly difficult for the council to deal with the Housing Crisis.
No one is advocating - I am sure that the hon. Gentleman is not advocating - that that particular power in the Act be used in present circumstances, given the nature of the Housing Crisis.
They preside over the worst escalation in a Housing Crisis that I, and I believe most hon. Members, have seen.
There will be a debate on an Opposition motion entitled "The Housing Crisis and the Rise in Homelessness".
After seven years of Conservative policies it is widely recognised that a Housing Crisis exists and that there is an alarming increase in homelessness.
I share my hon. Friend's disappointment at the lack of interest in what is by any test a national Crisis in Housing.
Greenwich is an inner London borough with a mix of outer London borough housing problems which is quite typical of the Housing Crisis in London.
The Government's record is appalling, and the sooner they are swept away by a Government who will do something about Britain's Housing Crisis, the better.
The debate reflects the Acute Housing Crisis and the growing homelessness.
The debate reflects the acute Housing Crisis and the growing homelessness.
For the benefit of those hon. Members who were not present when the Secretary of State talked about the Housing Crisis and the rise in homelessness, I can tell them that he told us about Dick Whittington and shirt buying in Moscow.
Scotland faces a Major Housing Crisis and the tenants in council houses are facing major problems.
The Housing Crisis that Britain faces is the worst that we have experienced in the past 50 years, perhaps even in the past 70 years.
That seems a small price for resolving a Housing Crisis.
I heard the right hon. Gentleman say nothing today about how the Government will tackle the growing Housing Crisis.
My hon. Friend the Member for Alyn and Deeside gave the facts and figures about the Housing Crisis.
I cannot accept that there is a Housing Crisis in Leicester.
It has signed deals to acquire 600 new homes to meet the Housing Crisis; employed extra home helps and under-fives staff; restored free milk to 10,000 first school pupils; taken on much-needed local housing repair teams; recruited 150 extra teachers; begun a £12·1 million programme of road and pavement renewal, including dropped kerbs and new cycle routes; restored grants to voluntary play groups; spent £500,000 on emergency care, responding in particular tothe needs of the elderly during the recent cold spell; given schools 11 per cent.
I much regret that the Prime Minister recently refused my request to meet a broadly based deputation, which consisted of the city council, the chamber of commerce, the trades council, the university and the ethnic minorityorganisations, to discuss the full range of the city's problems, including Our Housing Crisis.
These stark and simple facts spell out the gravity of Bradford's Housing Crisis.
The answers to the Housing Crisis are to build and modernise more houses at rents and prices that people can afford, but the Government have done the opposite.
Does the right hon. Gentleman support the expenditure decisions of the now Labour-controlled Ealing council, which he was denigrating a few moments ago - the reintroduction of places for rising-fives in primary schools, the deals to acquire 600 new homes in the face of the Housing Crisis and the employment of extra home helps and extra staff to deal with the under-fives?
The country is facing a mounting Crisis in Housing in parts of our major cities, in education and training and.
Measures should have been taken this year to tackle the Housing Crisis and to control standards in bed-and-breakfast and other multi-occupied establishments.
The Government try to give the impression of taking action on housing, but they are deafeningly silent on the critical problems of homelessness, overcrowding, lack of investment, decay in the housing stock and the worsening Housing Crisis over which they are presiding.
It will help long leaseholders, but it does not allow the Minister to escape the fact that there is a Major Housing Crisis in London affecting people in other forms of tenure.
The remedy for the Housing Crisis will come when we again begin to build public sector housing.
We shall enable areas such as Merseyside to benefit from private and public expenditure - the latter on hospitals, schools, social services, increasing the number of people in the caring professions and building council houses to solve the Housing Crisis in Bootle and Merseyside and to nut construction workers back to work.
Coventry's Housing Crisis could be half-axed in the lifetime of a Parliament.
At the end of the day, the Housing Crisis in this country is a crisis inflicted by this Government which affects the way of life and the quality of life of the people of Britain.
I find, for instance, that the Halifax building society, one of the largest housing finance organisations in the world, is anxious to help alleviate the Housing Crisis in this country, to put money into local authorities and to seek to find a way of partnership and management that helps to do that.
Because of the acute Crisis in Housing, their problem will not be resolved in the near future.
It is conceded by Labour politicians and our political opponents that at present Manchester has a Housing Crisis.
Despite all the ministerial denials, there is an Acute Housing Crisis in many parts of the country, as my hon. Friends have pointed out in this short debate.
Despite all the ministerial denials, there is an acute Housing Crisis in many parts of the country, as my hon. Friends have pointed out in this short debate.
The only way to resolve Their Housing Crisis is for them to be housed by the local authority or a genuine housing association.
If it was conciliatory legislation or legislation that was going to lead to the building of more houses to deal with the Housing Crisis I dare say that there would be a measure of support on both sides of the House.
The Housing Crisis in Wales is almost as catastrophic as unemployment.
There is a deepening Housing Crisis, with some 47,000 unfit dwellings and the fastest increase in homelessness in London.
They do not seem to realise that the Housing Crisis cannot be solved by selling the houses.
The only way to solve or even to begin to solve this very Real Housing Crisis is to build and to improve and repair more houses.
Is there any surprise that there should be a Housing Crisis in our inner cities today, and can there be any reasonable doubt about why the number of homeless people has doubled in the past eight years?
We want a boost for the Welsh Development Agency and an urgent review of and fight against the Great Housing Crisis that we now face.
We favour the sale of council houses to their occupants, but if insufficient houses to rent are being built there will be a Housing Crisis and long waiting lists.
Mr. Wray asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if, in tackling the Housing Crisis in Britain, he will make it his policy to consult fully and regularly with local authorities.
However, in spite of the Housing Crisis in South Africa, those houses cannot be used because they happen to be in white only areas.
The result is a Housing Crisis more serious than any to be found elsewhere in England and in any period since the 1940s.
He said that the Housing Crisis in his constituency is more serious than anywhere in Europe.
Will the Secretary of State address his mind to the effect of Government spending cuts on the Housing Crisis in London?
The consequence of the Government's policy since 1979 is the creation of a desperately serious and growing Housing Crisis throughout the United Kingdom.
It is also caused by the Housing Crisis.
On Friday, hopefully, a number of hon. Members will present petitions to the House and I hope to have some petitioners from my constituency who believe that the Housing Crisis can be resolved by joining the campaign for homes and jobs.
There is an Acute Housing Crisis in this country.
This is an odd person to be Secretary of State at a time of Acute Housing Crisis.
The Bill fails to recognise Britain's Housing Crisis or to accept people's housing needs.
That was a true analysis of Our Current Housing Crisis.
That is the Housing Crisis that the nation faces, which the Bill does not address in any way.
There are thousands, millions, who need homes, and the way to deal with the Housing Crisis is to build more homes.
The Secretary of State is a newcomer to Wales, and I say especially to him that we are suffering from mass unemployment, let alone a Housing Crisis, which he, it seems, is beginning to recognise.
The Housing Crisis in many of our constituencies is reaching catastrophic proportions.
The Housing Crisis in Britain is now reaching epidemic proportions and the Government's dereliction of duty in seeking to block the use of funds that are readily available to cope with the problem is a moral and practical scandal.
When, in addition, people are looking for two homes, a Housing Crisis is created for people in rural areas who are seeking to buy or rent for the first time.
Is that not an abdication of responsibility, given the scale of the Housing Crisis in Scotland?
I remind the House that in 1985 the Duke of Edinburgh made a report about the severe Crisis in Housing.
Bradford is facing a Housing Crisis.
There is undoubtedly a Crisis in Housing in Scotland and I shall give the House some statistics to consider.
Far from beginning to tackle the Acute Housing Crisis affecting Scotland today, they can serve only to make that crisis much worse.
I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Dundee, East (Mr. McAllion) and to all my hon. Friends who have spoken in the debate for bringing to it an air of reality, because there is a Housing Crisis in Scotland, as my hon. Friend the Member for Dundee, East has said.
Am I correct in thinking, then, that the right hon. and learned Gentleman will be aware of the views of Scotland on the Housing Crisis in Scotland today?
Their record on the building of new houses is the worst for 40 years, and a Massive Housing Crisis is developing in Wales.
Unless extra resources are spent on maintaining the housing stock in the borough it will decay further and the Housing Crisis will continue to worsen.
Is it any wonder that this has induced a horrendous Housing Crisis in the borough?
The Government's failure or refusal to tackle or recognise the Housing Crisis that is afflicting people in Scotland is nothing less than a national scandal.
The Minister and his buddies on the Front Bench are always praising the private landlord, who they say will come to the rescue and help to solve Scotland's Housing Crisis.
They may not want to recognise it, but there is a mounting Housing Crisis in Scotland.
Such a commitment is essential if we are to get to grips with the Current Housing Crisis that besets the Scottish people.
If that happened, it would be an unfortunate step to take at a time when the Housing Crisis is so severe.
Will he consider once again the need for a special debate on London which can encompass the many problems faced by health authorities as a result of staff shortages - because of low pay, lack of accommodation and amalgamation of health authorities - the increasing planning and traffic problems of London - caused by the lack of support for public transport - and increasing underfunding of many voluntary and social agencies which are trying to deal with the Housing Crisis that thousands of Londoners face?
There will be a debate on an Opposition motion entitled "The Crisis in Housing".
In view of the Housing Crisis, those who appear to take that approach and who represent other Opposition parties do a disservice to the people.
It will do nothing to solve Our Housing Crisis, but it will do everything to create splendid new tax shelter opportunities.
The desperate Crisis in Housing in this country relates to the planning problem.
Given the Present Housing Crisis, will the Minister allow local authorities to spend at least some of the moneys accrued from the sale of council houses on making improvements, to meet the basic needs of existing council tenants?
Until seven o'clock there will be a debate on an Opposition motion entitled "The Crisis in Housing".
Will the Leader of the House consider that it is now important that there be an early debate on the situation facing the people of London in respect of the Housing Crisis and the shortage of housing for rent, the high unemployment that many inner-city places face, the cuts in the Health Service and the amalgamation of health authorities, and the growing chaos in traffic and transport throughout London?
I can, however, name one person from the Indian sub-continent who has made a contribution to solving the Housing Crisis, Mother Teresa.
We have seen the Housing Crisis growing at an alarming pace.
Is that the answer to the Housing Crisis?
When a group of tenants on an estate near the City of London or an area of Housing Crisis are hoodwinked into allowing tenancies to be transferred, will that not be a setback in the long run, because it will take housing from the working-class people for whom it was built in the first place?
I suspect that the Secretary of State does not know it, and that the Minister, who is a nice chap who tries to build up his role as the acceptable face of the Department of the Environment, will not escape criticism, because there is a Housing Crisis.
That cut lies at the heart of the Government's failure to tackle the Housing Crisis.
There is profit in the private rented sector and in the free market only if there is a Housing Crisis, a housing shortage and waiting lists.
it is a nightmare world of the Government's creation which they are imposing on the Current Housing Crisis and which will make it even worse.
It is fundamentally unfair in the midst of the Current Housing Crisis to expect such people to behave as they might in a completely free market.
As the Housing Crisis worsens, and as more people sleep out or are forced into bed-and-breakfast accommodation, so the Government will be forced to address the problem.
As a result, the Housing Crisis will continue to get out of control.
On numerous occasions the Minister has gone out of his way to praise the response of that community to the Housing Crisis.
If anyone doubts that that process can happen, I advise him to visit council house blocks in Wandsworth, which were built by the London county council before the war In a determined effort to solve London's Housing Crisis.
That has happened because of the Housing Crisis and because of short-term measures taken to place families in houses of multiple occupation.
They occur because families are in dreadful housing as a result of the Housing Crisis and the inability to provide homeless people with adequate, safe and secure homes to rent either on a long-term or short-term basis.
The hon. Gentleman's constituency is not the kind of place that one imagines as the epitome of the Housing Crisis in Britain.
Let them try living in a cardboard box for a while and then tell me that there is not a Housing Crisis.
He blamed local authorities for the Housing Crisis that has been created by the Government's policies.
There is no freedom in a Housing Crisis of scarcity and price.
It is at best irrelevant to the Housing Crisis, and, at worst, will make it dramatically worse.
Given that councils such as Glasgow are already spending a vast amount of their income on repaying debt, why do the Government insist that they spend more money on repaying debt rather than dealing with the Housing Crisis in Scotland?
Yet again, we have had to drag information out of a reluctant Government who are increasingly embarrassed by Their Housing Crisis.
The Housing Crisis did not happen by accident.
My first example concerns an excellent project to alleviate the Housing Crisis in Tower Hamlets.
The Housing Crisis requires attention, both to the overall financial system under which housing is supported and to what is happening to public sector and other kinds of rented housing.
Because of the Present Housing Crisis there is a sellers' market in Scotland.
In Glasgow's Housing Crisis she is at the tail end of a long waiting list.
When will the Government do something serious about the approaching Housing Crisis in that region?
That reassurance will fall on deaf ears in terms of those at the cutting edge of the Housing Crisis and the current spate of speculation in housing.
Those who operate in the private sector will make substantial profits as they increase rent levels and see their property investments increase in value during a Housing Crisis.
As a former farm manager who had some responsibility for farm workers' housing including tied cottages, I believe that there is a Housing Crisis in the countryside.
It is nothing to do with the Housing Crisis; it is all about the Conservative party's ideology.
I want to point out to the Leader of the House that there is a Housing Crisis in London and the country.
When may we expect a debate on the Housing Crisis?
Will my hon. Friend consider the speed at which we can sell land and property which is empty, particularly in the south-east, and certainly in my constituency, because there is a Housing Crisis in that area and the MOD seems to be hanging on to rather a lot of land and property that could be better used in the private sector?
Does he realise that his Department, by failing to have an integrated policy, is contributing to the Housing Crisis?
Will the Minister confirm that if the money was given to the city council - it is its rightful property - it would considerably ease the Housing Crisis in Leicester?
How can we ignore, particularly at this time of year, the Housing Crisis in this country?
That new body will require substantial support if it is to tackle the Major Housing Crisis in Wales.
One does not need to have the gift of second sight to understand the true nature of the Present Housing Crisis in London and elsewhere.
One does not need to have the gift of second sight to understand the true nature of the present Housing Crisis in London and elsewhere.
The order will do nothing to help the Housing Crisis in Scotland.
We are creating a Massive Housing Crisis.
The order goes nowhere near to tackling the housing problem in Scotland, and the Government continue to turn a blind eye to the Housing Crisis by understating the need for expenditure and overstating the level of income likely to be achieved.
The Government's callous indifference to Scotland's Housing Crisis is in the order for all to see.
The Government make out a good case for tackling the Housing Crisis in Scotland.
In a statement about the Whitfield estate, the Government agreed that the way to tackle the Housing Crisis in peripheral estates is to increase expenditure on them and housing services.
We need a Minister who is prepared to ensure that the Housing Crisis in Scotland is solved.
short of what the authorities require to tackle Scotland's Housing Crisis.
They force up rents, cut services and create a Housing Crisis, and then say, "There is a crisis and we had better do something about it".
Until about seven o'clock there will be a debate entitled "The Housing Crisis".
I cannot deal with all the issues because many other hon. Members still wish to speak, but let me say finally that Britain faces an Acute Housing Crisis.
I cannot deal with all the issues because many other hon. Members still wish to speak, but let me say finally that Britain faces an acute Housing Crisis.
We should have a guarantee of major increases in funds to tackle the Housing Crisis.
The point that we are making strongly, and with increasing support from across the political spectrum, is that there is a growing Housing Crisis.
Other people know that the Housing Crisis has been caused by the present Government.
I do not have time to quote all the facts and figures, but the Housing Crisis still exists.
They speak of a Housing Crisis which is really a crisis of their own.
When the Secretary of State meets the chairman of Housing for Wales, will he tell him of the Housing Crisis in rural Wales?
I hope that the Minister will address the Housing Crisis in Newham seriously.
The Housing Crisis is a scandal and disgrace.
That is why the Housing Crisis in this country is no longer just an inner-city crisis or a crisis in the rented sector, but one that goes to urban and rural areas and hits people who are buying as well as people who are renting.
If the Housing Act 1988 from which these regulations flow had done anything to address the Housing Crisis, I would have been most encouraged.
Until we get rid of this stinking, rotten Government who could not care a monkey's toss, the Housing Crisis will just get worse and worse.
The Minister should instead be concerned about and ashamed of the Acute Housing Crisis in Britain, about the number of families living in bed-and-breakfast accommodation and about the fact that only five minutes away from here many poeople, not all of whom are beggars - many are young people who have come from the north - will have to sleep in the open air by the embankment tonight.
Surprise, surprise, I found that she discussed the Crisis in Housing, homelessness and the problem of eviction, a major issue at the time, and the unbalanced economy.
In any case, there is a Serious Housing Crisis in my area.
Housing advice centres exist purely and simply because of the Housing Crisis in certain areas, which is a crisis in people's lives.
I and everyone in the housing movement know that no absolute definition can satisfy everyone, but we also know beyond reasonable doubt that rents are becoming increasingly unaffordable for many people, which is why so many have been driven to desperation or homelessness, and why the Housing Crisis is growing so rapidly.
I and my right hon. and hon. Friends have argued for a long time that Britain's Housing Crisis derives largely from the Government's having driven up rent levels at the same time as house prices inflation has pushed up house prices.
The Bill is called a housing Bill, but it does nothing for the Housing Crisis that has developed in the past 10 years.
In return for tax cuts to the rich, we have poorer services to our local communities, a demoralised education service, a Housing Crisis and social services stretched to breaking point.
Could he also oblige us by not presenting that report to the House next Tuesday, in an exercise of news management intended to keep the debate on the Housing Crisis out of the first items in the television news broadcasts?
There are now hundreds of thousands of homeless in London and they will be pointing their fingers at the Government and blaming them for the Housing Crisis that now afflicts London and the nation.
Such is the extent of the Housing Crisis that the Government cannot bring themselves to face either the purchase sector problem or the rented sector problem.
I have never before heard such an incredibly blind view of the Housing Crisis, not least the crisis over rents.
The Major Housing Crisis that we face is due to a lack of affordable accommodation either for rent or for sale in both urban and rural areas, but we do not have a Minister for Housing to deal with it.
That is why increasing numbers of the public, myself included, give money without asking questions because the Housing Crisis is so desperate.
I end where I began, by saying that we are facing a Housing Crisis in this country the like of which we have not faced since the end of the second world war.
The tragedy of this Bill is that the Government had an opportunity to examine all the problems that contribute to the Housing Crisis, but they have refused, or were too stubborn or too stupid, to deal with the problems.
We are confronted by an Acute Housing Crisis, as my right hon. and hon. Friends have said.
We do not have a Housing Crisis.
Sometimes one can say that Opposition Members stir things up a bit and blame the Government for bad weather or whatever - and that mightbe considered a little unreasonable - but on this occasion one can point the finger with unerring accuracy and say that the responsibility for the Housing Crisis in this country lies with the Government's policies.
The Minister should remember that we have not invented the Housing Crisis in London.
My hon. Friend is dealing with what the Minister described as only minor amendments, but which my hon. Friend is showing are a factor in the Housing Crisis.
We were dealing with the Housing Crisis and the plight of people who cannot afford a mortgage and so are denied adequate accommodation because over the past 10 years, local authorities in the main have not been able to build.
That does not do justice to the Terrible Housing Crisis, nor does it do credit to the way that we conduct our business or to the way in which legislation reaches the statute book.
In the debates over the past few years, including our debates yesterday, my hon. Friends and I have been drawing attention to the growing Housing Crisis.
There is a Housing Crisis in Scotland.
It is precisely because of that failure that I have been able to point out consistently over the past few years that our Housing Crisis is no longer primarily an urban or inner-city crisis, but a national crisis which is hitting the rural areas.
I wish that she had first directed her attention to the Housing Crisis that she has created here.
Under the present financial arrangements we cannot cope with Our Housing Crisis.
A Housing Crisis is developing in some areas, including mine.
Given the available resources, surely we can overcome Our Housing Crisis.
I beg to move,That this House condemns the Government's responsibility for the growing Housing Crisis; deplores the rise in mortgage interest rates which has destroyed family budgets, cost some their homes and placed home ownership beyond the reach of others; warns that Government-inspired increases in council rents above the rate of inflation will cause hardship to many low-income people; deplores the Government's failure to maintain the condition of the housing stock and the consequent shortage of affordable housing; and believes that the scandal of growing homelessness is just the most visible sign of a wider housing failure.
A Housing Crisis is building in Britain.
They have begun to wonder whether the Government have any answers to the Housing Crisis.
Personal anecdotes are no way to solve London's Massive Housing Crisis.
Members are justifiably angry, and people right across the board are angry about the growing Housing Crisis in Britain.
I can certainly confirm what local authorities and Shelter have said about the Housing Crisis which people in Scotland are experiencing.
Is the Minister really aware of the Housing Crisis in rural Wales?
the loss of homes will exacerbate the Housing Crisis, and disrupt community ties; 2.
The Chancellor, in his Budget, seems to have forgotten that this country faces a Housing Crisis.
The massive growth in poverty over which the Government have presided, the Housing Crisis, the huge build-up of personal debt and he cuts in benefit and in the NHS have inevitably led to a growth in the budget of a caring local authority.
I understand that this is the first time that the House has debated homelessness in Leicestershire, but because of my constituency interest I have decided to concentrate on the city of Leicester and the Crisis of Housing in it.
The Crisis in Housing is particularly reflected in a marked increase in homelessness.
Does he also accept that the Housing Crisis in Wales is severe, with 70,000 people on housing waiting lists?
Both are equally committed to deal with the acute and growing Housing Crisis which is easily the worst since the second world war.
Why are Lady Anson and the Conservative-controlled Association of District Councils, as well as nearly every Conservative-controlled local authority in rural areas, saying that the schemes that the Minister has introduced do not begin to touch the problem and that a major change of Government policy is required if the Housing Crisis that is the result of a lack of affordable accommodation for rent or sale in rural areas is to be reversed?
If the Minister genuinely believes that local authorities are dealing with the problem of the 28,000 homeless people in Scotland, what is his answer to the leaders of the housing committees of Scotland's four largest housing authorities who yesterday claimed that there was a Major Housing Crisis because the Government had cut £51 million in real terms of capital allocations?
If the Minister genuinely believes that local authorities are dealing with the problem of the 28,000 homeless people in Scotland, what is his answer to the leaders of the housing committees of Scotland's four largest housing authorities who yesterday claimed that there was a major Housing Crisis because the Government had cut £51 million in real terms of capital allocations?
Nevertheless, the extent and nature of the Housing Crisis in the midlands is such that, were we talking about London, it would merit headline space.
As the Housing Crisis deepens and homelessness is rampant, the Government's advice appears to be to stay put, as the pavements of London and other large cities are not paved with gold.
I beg to move,That this House condemns the Government's incompetence and indifference in the face of the mounting Housing Crisis which is evident from growing homelessness, soaring mortgage costs and rents and the lack of affordable accommodation in urban and rural areas of Britain; and notes the failure of the Government's chosen instruments, as evidenced by the financial crisis of the Housing Corporation which is undermining Housing Associations, and the failure of the Housing Act 1988 to achieve its targets on Housing Action Trusts, Tenants' Choice and Assured Tenancies.
The all-too-predictable and depressing aspect of the Housing Crisis is that it hits those who are most vulnerable.
There were several crucial issues regarding the Housing Crisis on which he did not see fit to touch.
The Housing Crisis in Britain will get worse as high mortgage rates and ever-increasing rents push people into arrears.
At a time when the nation has a Housing Crisis it is utterly ridiculous to sit on millions of pounds that could be put to good use.
We have a Housing Crisis in Preston as a result of homelessness and Government attacks on council housing.
There are no solutions to the Housing Crisis in the Queen's Speech.
After 10 years of Conservative government, there is a Real Housing Crisis in rural areas of Scotland and, I believe, in rural areas of other parts of the United Kingdom.
The Present Housing Crisis is precisely due to the fact that since 1979 local authorities have not been able to fulfil their basic housing responsibilities.
In response to the growing Housing Crisis, the council has developed a housing aid service.
I am grateful for an opportunity to raise the problems of the Housing Crisis in Wakefield.
There needs to be an awareness in the Welsh Office that we have a Housing Crisis, and something must be done about it now.
I despair of their ever understanding that Scotland has a Housing Crisis, especially in the public sector, and that that crisis has existed for far too many years.
Scotland's Housing Crisis breaks my heart, and I am sure that it breaks the heart of many hon. Members who receive letters on the subject.
There is a Housing Crisis in Wales and homelessness is an increasing and, in many instances, heartbreaking problem.
Is he aware that we are in the midst of the Worst Housing Crisis since the war?
Do not those miserable figures represent a massive indictment of the Government's failure to respond to the Housing Crisis that has gripped Bradford for the past 12 years?
May we have an urgent debate on the Housing Crisis that continues unabated, especially in London?
The same applies to the Crisis in Housing.
Londoners know that things have gone wrong when they see the Housing Crisis in the capital, which has produced record levels of homelessness.
With that burden around the neck of the council and tenants, there is no chance of effectively tackling the Housing Crisis facing Glasgow and Govan families.
Given that one in nine homeless families are in that position as a result of mortgage repossession, would it not be more intelligent for the Government, having created the Housing Crisis and lost 1.
May we have an urgent debate on the Housing Crisis that has been caused by the Government?
As for local government provision of housing in London, there is a Housing Crisis in the capital.
One does not need to have a PhD in housing administration to work out why there is a Housing Crisis in London.
I welcome the debate on local government services because I want to raise the important issue of the Housing Crisis, both in my borough and in London generally.
Until about seven o'clock there will be a debate described as "The Housing Crisis".
There is a growing Housing Crisis for two main and obvious reasons.
Above all, if we are serious about tackling the Housing Crisis, as we must be, we must build more houses.
Where are the practical policies for dealing with the growing Housing Crisis - after 12 years of record high mortgage repayments, a cut of 80 per cent.
We have a Terrible Housing Crisis.
Does the Secretary of State accept that his statement will give no reassurance to local authorities in Wales which are facing a Massive Housing Crisis, that, even in the Conservative-controlled borough of Monmouth, homelessness is set to double this year and that local authorities such as that in Monmouth are embarrassed at their incapacity to respond effectively to that growing problem?
The housing charity Shelter, in its recent report entitled "Urgent Need for Homes", pointed out that 500,000 new homes will be needed in the next five years to solve the Housing Crisis.
That is the way to pull the construction industry out of its slump and to combat the growing Housing Crisis.
Will the Secretary of State recognise at long last that there is an Acute Housing Crisis in Britain?
Does the Minister agree that the transfer of council houses to housing associations will not solve the Housing Crisis?
In view of the Housing Crisis in Cardiff, that contribution is not insignificant, although many of us would like the proportion to be even higher.
The Government's high interest rate policy, which they have pursued consistently since 1979, is the root cause of the Housing Crisis in owner occupation.
The right-tobuy policy was the Government's flagship in 1980, but because it was implemented as part and parcel of Conservative mania to reduce public spending and to restrict the powers of local government, it has contributed to the present scandalous homeless and Housing Crisis which is growing all the time.
The genesis of the Housing Crisis was during the former reign of the Secretary of State for the Environment, accompanied by the hon. Member for Acton, who, in his first incarnation as a Minister with responsibility for housing, was a member of the terrible duo that is now reinflicting itself on housing policy.
At the end of that 12 years, Britain is a country with high and rising unemployment, with the balance of payments in deficit - even in a recession - and with negative growth, reduced investment, spreading poverty, rundown public services, a Housing Crisis and record bankruptcies.
My second point on the ways and means resolution and the Housing Crisis that it represents is that many people have been forced into home ownership by the Government's policies.
I wish to give notice that, because of the Minister's disgracefully complacent answers, I intend to raise the Crisis of Housing in Wales on the Adjournment.
This country has a Housing Crisis and homeless people.
The Bill does not address the Housing Crisis.
The Bill will only tinker at the edges of a Housing Crisis that the Government fail or do not wish to recognise.
As the Government stagger towards defeat in the election, I thought that because this was the Minister's last speech we might just have had a contrite speech which at least recognised that over 13 years he and his Government had created a Major Housing Crisis in Scotland.
As an hon. Member for Edinburgh, the Minister should be well aware of the Housing Crisis in Edinburgh.
These orders relate to housing and the Government have created a Housing Crisis.
In the districts there is a very sad story, with the failure to release funds from council house sales which has failed to fund the necessary housing to rent and will certainly fail to solve the Housing Crisis and resulting homelessness.
We face a Housing Crisis.
Some of my colleagues have already talked about the Housing Crisis in their authorities.
Other problems include the Housing Crisis - the fact that no houses can be built - and the rundown of schools.
Greenwich is also experiencing a Major Housing Crisis.
Will he support the campaign launched by Centrepoint today and even at this late stage, after 13 wasted years of Tory rule, take steps urgently to end the Housing Crisis in Scotland and to give our young people a future there?
I have spoken before in the House about the Housing Crisis in Wales.
It refers to the Housing Crisis that now affects all parts of Wales.
Those statistics show the Housing Crisis in Wales.
Many people outside will think that the Housing Crisis that engulfs this nation should be eradicated first.
I beg to move, at the end of the Question, to add:but humbly regret that the Gracious Speech contains no recognition of the proper role of local government and local democracy, no recognition of the scale of the Housing Crisis and no proposals to release local council capital receipts, no legislation to establish an Environmental Protection Agency and no measures to improve educational standards and opportunities, but instead represents a further series of measures to centralise power, weaken local democracy and extend privatisation which will undermine the quality and supply of local service provision and do nothing to fulfil the expectations raised by the Citizen's Charter.
There is a Housing Crisis of staggering proportions and crises in agriculture brought about largely by the Government's laissez-faire attitude to the common agricultural policy reform proposals.
I referred to the Crisis in Housing.
Our Housing Crisis will continue to worsen, training programmes will continue to be underfunded, school classes will be too large, the NHS will continue to lose beds and British Rail, the most crowded and least punctual service in western Europe, will continue to be badly funded.
My hon. Friend the Member for Greenwich (Mr. Raynsford) has rightly spoken of London's Housing Crisis.
The 16 and 17-year-olds whom one sees on the streets are the visible face of the Housing Crisis, but other aspects are visible to those of us who represent local communities as Members of Parliament or councillors.
Colchester borough council welcomed both me and my hon. Friend the Member for South Colchester and Maldon (Mr. Whittingdale) with a somewhat barbed congratulation to workin a spirit of partnership to overcome the Borough's worsening Housing Crisis".
Will the Leader of the House find time for an urgent debate on the Housing Crisis?
Is the Secretary of State aware that the recession is creating a Terrible Housing Crisis in Wales?
Two weeks ago one of my hon. Friends with a London constituency raised with the Prime Minister the question of the Housing Crisis.
But to end the moratorium now, whenthere is no sign of an end to the Housing Crisis - the market remains in a deep trough of recession - would be a foolish and retrograde step.
Certainly the depth of the Housing Crisis with which Ministers were confronted was one, but I suspect that the second was the ticking away of the general election clock sounding very loud and clear in Ministers ears, and providing a very clear incentive to tackle the problems of the housing crisis.
The Housing Crisis that prompted the moratorium in the first place has not gone away; arguably, in some respects, it has even intensified.
The Housing Crisis has not gone away.
We will see how many Conservative Members turn on their heads and vote for the cessation of stamp duty relief and for a continuing Crisis in Housing.
Perhaps the Government will eventually admit that that scheme was a failure, too, but it is already a failure in that it is no solution to the Real Housing Crisis affecting our major cities.
No debate during the lengthy course of the Bill's proceedings has better illustrated the paucity of the Government's strategy for dealing with the country's problems than that on the Housing Crisis and the collapse of the Government's measures to deal with it.
Would not this be an appropriate time to organise the phased release of the £7 billion of local authority capital receipts to solve the Housing Crisis and the crisis that the Government have engineered in the construction industry?
If the hon. Gentleman wants to know why there is a Housing Crisis in London, he does not have to look around to blame local authorities.
The real reason for the Housing Crisis in London is socialism.
Page 26 of the document mentions "healthy cities, healthy schools, healthy hospitals, healthy workplaces and healthy homes", but fails to offer any solution to the Housing Crisis, so it is worth nothing.
Page 26 of the document mentionshealthy cities, healthy schools, healthy hospitals, healthy workplaces and healthy homes",but fails to offer any solution to the Housing Crisis, so it is worth nothing.
I do not accept that the Scottish Office played an indirect role in the condition of housing in Scotland over the past 12 years and the present Crisis in Housing.
Nowhere is the Housing Crisis greater than in Wales.
If the best that the Secretary of State can do for housing and urban regeneration is this paltry Bill, which will not build a single home, will not save a single family from repossession, and will not put a single extra pound into our inner cities, he will be justly condemned for creating a Housing Crisis of the most monstrous proportions and for then wilfully refusing to take any effective action to end it.
My main concern lies with the Major Housing Crisis in this country and we must consider what will happen if the Bill reaches the statute book in its present form.
We could blame the Germans in the 1950s for the Housing Crisis.
The United Kingdom faces a huge Housing Crisis.
What is the Government's response to the Housing Crisis?
I move it because the Housing Crisis is a crisis the length and breadth of the country.
Young people and others on the streets of cities such as London are the most visible victims, but there are many other invisible victims of the Housing Crisis.
It is also sad that the rough sleepers initiative, which was supposed to meet the needs of those at the acute end of the Housing Crisis, has also been cut as a result of the autumn statement.
The scale of the Housing Crisis is daunting and worsens day by day.
Families now face the Worst Housing Crisis in our society since the war.
There is no real evidence that the Government take the Housing Crisis seriously.
Members recognise that there is a Housing Crisis in this country - I hope that I made that clear at the beginning of my speech.
The hon. Member for Brecon and Radnor summed up the situation when he asserted that there is a Housing Crisis and that after 13 years in power it is unacceptable that under the Government there are so many individuals and families in bed-and-breakfast accommodation.
Is it possible to have a full day's debate on Britain's growing Housing Crisis?
Without tackling unemployment by investment, the Government have no hope of tackling the Housing Crisis.
We tend to think of the Housing Crisis as affecting only those who want to rent.
I had no idea of the scale of the Housing Crisis facing this country outside my area of the north-west of England until I compared notes with my colleagues.
The problem is their failure to recognise the importance of the links between the breakdown in the economy generally and the growing Crisis in Housing.
Homelessness is only the most obvious expression of the Housing Crisis in London.
I welcome the opportunity to debate the Housing Crisis and congratulate the hon. Member for Ellesmere Port and Neston (Mr. Miller) on securing the debate.
I warmly congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Ellesmere Port and Neston (Mr. Miller) on choosing to debate the Housing Crisis.
The Housing Crisis is frozen in the permafrost of the economic recession which is gripping the country.
The Current Housing Crisis is the most vivid symbol of the failure of the free market myth.
We were given one and a half hours to debate Scotland's Housing Crisis.
Our Housing Crisis need not have arisen.
What can, must and, I hope, eventually will solve London's Housing Crisis is real investment by the public sector to ensure the provision of social housing, at affordable rents, for all the people of London, so that they have decent, safe, dry roofs over their heads.
We have a Crisis of Housing, a crisis of transport, a crisis of health and a crisis of employment.
The Housing Crisis in London is critical.
If the Government allow historical capital receipts to be used over a sensible, phased period, and directed at areas of need - I accept that some benefiting areas do not need them - we could tackle the Housing Crisis and get back into employment building and construction workers and those who make items such as baths, taps and window frames.
There, as my hon. Friend the Member for Knowsley, North (Mr. Howarth) said, he had to resort to scapegoating the children of single parents to pass on the blame for the Housing Crisis over which he presides.
The Queen's Speech makes no reference to tackling unemployment, contains no Bill to deal with the Housing Crisis in Wales, no energy conservation Bill and no Bill to outlaw discrimination against disabled people.
We could have used housing investment to tackle the Housing Crisis, the homelessness problem and get the building industry moving.
What is the Chancellor's response to the Housing Crisis?
Britain faces a Housing Crisis unparalleled for four decades.
If it was right to unfreeze capital receipts last year - notwithstanding the way in which the PSBR is defined - why is it wrong this year, when the Housing Crisis is even worse?
Those policies include an extension of the numbers of houses that are built so that the Housing Crisis is dealt with.
The Housing Crisis now extends far beyond the inner areas of our great Victorian cities.
At the next election, we shall explain to people why there is a housing shortage - a Housing Crisis - and why so many people have been punished in the way that I have described.
What is clear to everyone except the Government and the Minister is the sheer scale of the Housing Crisis which has been rejected by the Government.
The Current Housing Crisis, for instance, is related to the lack of democracy in Scotland.
The current Housing Crisis, for instance, is related to the lack of democracy in Scotland.
A move towards more shared ownership, therefore, will have only limited applicability in trying to solve Our Housing Crisis.
The other point of that interview, and of a speech that I gave to Shelter in July 1980, which certainly stands the test of time, was that I predicted - although I do not often get such things right - that, 10 years later, there would be a Housing Crisis, with many more people homeless and with a great shortage of social housing, precisely because the Government had stopped authorities from using their capital receipts.
The Housing Crisis in Bristol takes some of the forms familiar to other parts of the country.
Frankly, it was due to the embarrassment of the Government that those people were taken off the streets of London - it was nothing to do with solving the Housing Crisis.
We have a Terrible Housing Crisis and a terrible sequence of inequality of living in our society at the present time.
Does not the Minister realise that it is his abject failure to secure such a strategy that lies behind the Worst Housing Crisis this country has seen for decades, with the numbers of homeless having doubled since 1979, 850 families thrown on to the streets each week through repossessions, half a million building workers on the dole and a complete collapse in the council house building programme?
A Welsh Office Minister should be on the Government Front Bench for a statement of this importance, bearing in mind the growing Housing Crisis in Wales.
It would be wrong to say that we have a Housing Crisis, although there are increasing numbers of homeless people and homes considered unfit for habitation.
What nonsense it is that the Government will not allow councils to use their capital receipts when doing so would not only help to solve the Housing Crisis which exists throughout the country but would help to get people back to work and to improve the economy.
Will the Scottish housing Minister explain why, when he faces a worsening Housing Crisis, with record levels of homelessness, he has remained silent and inactive while the Scottish housing budget has been slashed and plundered to pay for future tax cuts to save the Tories' electoral skins?
So, in response to a Housing Crisis that is unparalleled in modern times, the Government will cut the amount spent on housing.
Why are we experiencing the Worst Housing Crisis for decades?
We now have the Worst Housing Crisis that people can remember.
We are told constantly that there is a Housing Crisis, and the hon. Member for Garscadden gave us the usual list - the Halifax building society and so on.
Perhaps he can suggest to his colleagues that the Government's housing policies ignore the Massive Housing Crisis and causes cardboard cities and people living rough to move out of the cities and into towns like those in my constituency.
The Present Housing Crisis shows just how far our country falls short of that basic requirement.
The present Housing Crisis shows just how far our country falls short of that basic requirement.
Both those moves would make a start in dealing with the Present Housing Crisis.
The Minister's complacency about the Housing Crisis will appal millions of people.
Will he confirm that that complacent view will continue and that there is to be no assistance for home owners in the Present Housing Crisis?
of the population blame the Government for the Housing Crisis, and the Shelter report that 700,000 people have lost their homes due to repossessions since 1985, will the Leader of the House provide a debate in Government time to discuss what can only be described as a national scandal presided over by the Government of which he is a member?
Add that to the difficulties faced by local authorities because of the rather ridiculous restrictions placed on them by central Government and the fact that the house building market has stagnated because of the Government's fiscal policies, and it is no wonder that we have a Housing Crisis.
From that statement, one would never guess the scale of the Housing Crisis now harming the lives of families in every part of the country, whether they are owner-occupiers, whether they are renting or whether they are simply trying to get somewhere decent to live.
It is no wonder that the Tory party is going to the dogs when, after 16 years in government, it fails to recognise that it is facing a Housing Crisis.
Is the Secretary of State aware of the scale of the Housing Crisis in Bristol, where 23,000 people are on the council waiting list?
The Government do not intend to deal with the Housing Crisis by building homes for people to live in.
The proposal to change the rules on access to social housing is little more than an exercise in scapegoating to try to shift the blame for Britain's Housing Crisis away from the Government.
Can the Secretary of State explain his strategy to deal with this growing Housing Crisis, given that the 14 per cent.
The Housing Crisis in Britain is not just about building new homes, as important as that is; it is also a question of repairing existing homes.
He cannot shift the blame for the Present Housing Crisis.
However, it was clear from the context in which it was announced that it was less about tackling the Housing Crisis than about reinforcing Ministers' prejudices.
It also demonstrated that repossessions, negative equity and rough sleeping were symptoms of the much wider Housing Crisis that is facing Britain.
If we examine the Government's response to the Housing Crisis in rural and urban areas, we find that it simply fails to match the scale of the problem.
We believe that Our Current Housing Crisis will not be resolved until a greater proportion of our nation's wealth is invested in our housing stock.
We have a Massive Housing Crisis in Scotland.
They are all knowledgeable about Scottish housing and call for a massive programme of additional investment to meet the Housing Crisis in Scotland.
Housing must become the priority of the elected representatives of the Scottish people and the focus of a genuine national debate about the best way to tackle Scotland's Housing Crisis.
The fact that, as we approach the new millennium, we cannot apply design standards to new-build houses in order to make them fit for habitation by future generations says a lot about the Government's failure to address the country's Housing Crisis.
If I did so, I would discuss the effects of unemployment on the family, the Current Housing Crisis, the implementation of the Government's care in the community policy, and the work of the Child Support Agency.
That is not only a method of solving the Housing Crisis and taking many people out of bed and breakfast and other accommodation, but a way in which we can save a great deal of public money, which is currently lining the pockets of private sector - often millionaire - landlords through spending on the housing benefit system.
We have a many-pronged approach to the Housing Crisis, and that is one part of it.
My hon. Friend the Member for Leith made the point that, because of the Government's cuts year on year in the housing budget, we are seeing not just a Housing Crisis, particularly in rural areas, but a health crisis, as people's health is affected when they live in houses that are damp, draughty and not properly insulated.
An added advantage would be that Scottish local authorities could raise private money to invest in remedying the Housing Crisis which afflicts so many people in my country.
Does the right hon. Gentleman understand the scale of the Housing Crisis?
The right hon. Member actually analysed the failure of the previous Government's attempts to deal with the Housing Crisis and acknowledged that there was a crisis.
It is no wonder that there is a Crisis in Housing.
The scale of the Housing Crisis will not be tackled by the Bill.
The hon. Member for Torbay (Mr. Sanders) seemed to say that it was not the right way to tackle the Housing Crisis.
Everyone recognises that we are living through a Housing Crisis of monumental proportions, although one would not get the impression, listening to Conservative Members, that they had presided over that crisis for almost two decades.
It begins to tackle the Housing Crisis that has been worsened by the dogma of the Conservative party and bequeathed to the nation.
Tackling the Housing Crisis is an urgent imperative.
I should be grateful if the Leader of the House could persuade her ministerial colleagues responsible for housing to table a motion before the recess in Government time to do something about the Housing Crisis faced by the nation and, in particular, by the city of Portsmouth, which I represent.
The Government are walking into Another Housing Crisis.
The property values I have just mentioned add up to a Crisis in Affordable Housing, especially in central London.
No doubt that was a success in some cases, but the inducement contributed to the 1,000 repossessions a week that were happening at the height of the Housing Crisis in the early 1990s.
Not only did the previous Government preside over a Housing Crisis, with the worst levels of homelessness and house repossessions in any years since the war, but they allowed extensive development all over the countryside.
We also need to tackle the Housing Crisis.
Given the Government's commitment to tackling social exclusion and addressing child poverty within the next 20 years, I hope that they recognise that that can be done only if the Housing Crisis is tackled.
However, the Minister must answer the outstanding question of whether the Government have the political will to solve the Housing Crisis which, according to the Association of London Government, is the worst ever.
We have a particular kind of Housing Crisis in the South East.
The Home Secretary should be working with the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions to ensure that we tackle London's Housing Crisis.
There is a Housing Crisis in London and the South East.
Does she concede that the Terrible Housing Crisis faced by many in inner London can be adequately solved only by a large public investment in good-quality homes for many of the poorest and most dispossessed people in this country?
There is a real Crisis in Housing.
All agencies will have to work together to settle London's Housing Crisis, not only in the medium and long term, but in the immediate short term.
I welcome, and have argued for, the spirit of this legislation, but I trust that Ministers will recognise that without increased assistance over and above that already announced, areas with a Current Housing Crisis will never be able to meet the spirit of the law - still less the letter of it.
There is also an Acute Housing Crisis, which is reflected in the fact that 9.
Another point that may be useful with regard to London--I do not think that I am overly stressing London's Housing Crisis--is that more than 70 per cent.
It is not possible to build our way completely out of the Housing Crisis, although by planning and examining every vacant site it is possible to do a lot.
As I said, the opportunity for people to buy their way out of the Housing Crisis in London is extremely limited.
The Government are not serious about tackling the Housing Crisis - they merely tinker at the edges of the problem - and the Conservative Opposition seem obsessed with the number, rather than the type, of homes that need to be built.
It is unacceptable and inexplicable that areas with high housing demand, which are in Housing Crisis, should be penalised by the funding formula.
Although Luton generally has an Acute Housing Crisis in areas such as Stopsley and Farley, special attention needs to be paid to areas where the housing crisis is magnified because of a multiplicity of deprivation.
118WH The court cases have thrown up a serious issue that particularly affects vulnerable families at a time of nothing less than Housing Crisis, especially in London and the south-east.
The court cases have thrown up a serious issue that particularly affects vulnerable families at a time of nothing less than Housing Crisis, especially in London and the south-east.
The Housing Crisis affects almost everyone: those on waiting lists, those in bed-and-breakfast accommodation, those who are homeless or, unfortunately, still roofless, and those who are desperate to pay high private rents or buy a flat in London.
After the second world war there was plenty of land on which to build and large amounts of money did make an impact on the Housing Crisis in those years.
This is the second debate on the Housing Crisis in London this week.
We need to back regeneration funding by tackling the Housing Crisis.
London is engulfed in a Housing Crisis with three times the level of overcrowding than in any other part of the country.
Some such provision needs to be made - we cannot afford to subsidise people in penthouses in Marble Arch - but the principle has gone too far, particularly as the supply of private rented accommodation for families on low income has halved in the past five years, causing hardship and fuelling the Housing Crisis.
I cannot remember him ever voicing his concerns when the Conservative Government were in power and laid the foundations for the Housing Crisis that we undoubtedly now have in London.
Does my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister agree that bed and breakfast is only the sharp end of a Housing Crisis that is affecting public sector recruitment in London as well as homelessness?
The movement to build high-rise flats as a solution for Our Housing Crisis came from the strong utopian - some say socialist - thinking led by the Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier.
The hon. Member for Hammersmith and Fulham (Mr. Coleman) spoke about the Housing Crisis.
For instance, Tesco has answered the Housing Crisis in the south of England and Oxfordshire by building housing for its workers.
There was a dramatic increase in inequality in the capital, including a Housing Crisis - there was not only rampant house-price inflation such as we have now, but record levels of homelessness, which have continued to be a problem.
The Housing Crisis, the inability of families to enter employment because of the housing benefit trap, the high cost of child care and so forth have made it difficult for families to move out of child poverty at the same rate as elsewhere.
One of the reasons for the Housing Crisis is that from the mid 1980s, for 10 years, the Conservative Government allowed developments of fewer than 20 houses per hectare.
Let there be no misunderstanding: one of those pressures is the fact that there is a Housing Crisis.
I am grateful for that reply, but does my right hon. Friend accept that London faces an Acute Housing Crisis?
I welcome the Government's examination of the Housing Crisis facing people in the inner city, especially inner London.
Until 7 o'clock there will be a debate entitled "Crisis in Affordable Housing".
Judging by the amendments to our motion, there appears to be a great deal of agreement about the existence of a Crisis in Affordable Housing, and a recognition that in recent years, inadequate attention has been paid to it.
It is no wonder, therefore, that Jon Rouse, the chief executive of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, should have told the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Select Committee that we have "a Housing Crisis" on our hands.
The Opposition Front-Bench spokesman, the hon. Member for Cotswold (Mr. Clifton-Brown), spoke of a Crisis of Affordable Housing in the countryside, but that crisis was created over 20 years by the Tory Government.
I beg to move, That this House notes that the current Crisis in Affordable Housing has reached such a level that there is a national need for more than 80,000 new affordable dwellings per annum for the next decade and beyond; regrets the failure of the present Government to take earlier action while welcoming additional funding for that housing announced in the Spending Review 2002 and recent measures to tackle homelessness; and believes that urgent action is needed better to link local and regional planning and housing policies, to bring back into use empty properties, to increase the density of housing developments, to encourage local authorities to implement fully PPG3 and to reform the right to buy to prevent abuses of the system, while resisting the Conservative Opposition's proposals for its extension.
Does he agree that it is of immense concern that the Government do not seem to have realised that the Crisis in Affordable Housing afflicts the west country as well as the south-east and London?
It is clear that they will never, under their proposals, be able to help to solve the Affordable Housing Crisis.
However, we are looking at what can be done to tackle abuses, and the effects of the scheme in Housing Crisis areas.
The pilots seem to be working, and in areas of Housing Crisis such as my own, we have to make some difficult choices.
The Opposition Front-Bench spokesman,the hon. Member for Cotswold (Mr. Clifton-Brown), spoke of a Crisis of Affordable Housing in the countryside, but that crisis was created over 20 years by the Tory Government.
The sale of stock during the 1980s without properly replacing it has exacerbated the existing Housing Crisis.
 Mr. Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton): On the eve of the urban summit, does the Prime Minister agree with the Deputy Prime Minister that Britain's building industry is "the most inefficient in the world" 869 and a major cause of Britain's Affordable Housing Crisis?
On the eve of the urban summit, does the Prime Minister agree with the Deputy Prime Minister that Britain's building industry is Xthe most inefficient in the world" and a major cause of Britain's Affordable Housing Crisis?
We have a Housing Crisis because so many people are being sent to Southend, mainly from London boroughs.
I envisage planning reform providing opportunities for innovation that will finally turn the tide of the Housing Crisis in London.
We do not oppose the fact that it gives people a property right, but it is more important, especially in areas of Housing Crisis, to provide new houses.
The position was not felt to be the same in urban areas, but there is a powerful case to be made for certain areas of London with a Housing Crisis.
However, the point that they continue to miss is that the Current Housing Crisis is not just a continuation of the need to provide good quality social housing.
I want the Government to recognise that there is a Crisis in Affordable Housing to buy.
My constituency includes Thamesmead - in effect, a new town designed in the 1960s as a contribution to solving London's Housing Crisis, but built without any thought of providing an adequate public transport infrastructure.
In his current privileged position, is he aware that, after a quarter of a century of right-wing Governments, both Conservative and new Labour, we now have a Housing Crisis again?
An intelligent, thoughtful planning process is likely to help to resolve the Crisis in Affordable Housing, and increase the amount of house building on brownfield sites.
In his time as a Housing Minister, he accepted my invitation to come and look at the Housing Crisis in east Lancashire.
Although I welcome the Deputy Prime Minister throwing his considerable political weight behind the important issue of urban renaissance, may I ask him to call another summit - a rural summit, perhaps in Devon - to examine the also important issue of the Crisis in Affordable Housing to buy and to rent in many parts of rural Britain?
Would not we make an impact more quickly on the Affordable Housing Crisis, with much smaller environmental costs, by using the homes that already exist?
The Affordable Housing Crisis continues almost six years into a new Labour Government.
Houses were built quickly using the kind of techniques that the Deputy Prime Minister advocates to address the Affordable Housing Crisis in the south-east.
That could prove a solution to the Affordable Housing Crisis from which London and the south-east suffer.
No one can say that the Housing Crisis in this country is an urban one when people on waiting lists in rural areas must wait longer.
We have restricted that by reducing the discounts in Housing Crisis areas.
We are told that this country has the world's fourth richest economy, but why does Britain now have a Housing Crisis the like of which I have not witnessed before in my more than 30 years of elected public office?
I would welcome the hon. Gentleman giving us the good news of the breakthroughs and progress made by the Government to solve the Housing Crisis in his reply.
The present Government inherited a mess created by the two previous Conservative Governments, but they have not tackled the Housing Crisis.
No wonder we have a Housing Crisis.
Given the Crisis in Affordable Housing, I wondered whether it might have been better if he had gone out and dug some foundations or laid a few bricks, but I welcome him none the less.
In London - I am going to be unashamedly, unapologetically and nakedly metropolitan - we have a Housing Crisis.
I suggest to the Minister that in the Current Housing Crisis, every authority receiving capital receipts could use every penny in its area.
I argue that, in many cases, such areas will be in less need of affordable housing in the Present Housing Crisis than the areas to which the receipts accrue.
I suggest to him that the Real Housing Crisis today is in those areas - precisely the areas that he has tried to paint as leafy and suburban, without real housing need and not deserving of the ability to reinvest capital receipts in their own area for the benefit of local people and local communities.
They do not understand that, in the Present Housing Crisis, it does not matter where the houses are built, nor what sort of houses are built.
I have argued previously that the only way to tackle the Housing Crisis is to double our output of affordable homes.
Are the Government committed to doing what they have not done in any of the years during which they have been in office - significantly increasing the amount of affordable housing in this city and elsewhere, so that the Present Housing Crisis can be dealt with not in never-never land but in the immediate future?
That would sit much easier with the hon. Gentleman's argument if he could point to any positive contribution to solving the Housing Crisis that the Conservatives made during their 18 years in government.
The Government have been slow to react to the Affordable Housing Crisis.
As a result of a quarter of a century of Tory policies, we are now suffering the Worst Housing Crisis for three or four generations.
Will he also prevent local authorities and public corporations from selling off existing buildings and land that could be used to meet the Terrible Housing Crisis that many of poorest people in London face?
However, the market created the Housing Crisis that the poorest people of London and the south-east face at present.
We constantly see big news stories about the Deputy Prime Minister's vision for solving the Housing Crisis.
At a time when the Government are facing a Housing Crisis and addressing - the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is certainly doing so - much of their energy to trying to deal with the housing affordability problem across a large part of the country, are we seriously contemplating doubling the construction costs of new dwellings?
Does my right hon. Friend share my concern that unless there is a substantial increase in the number of affordable homes for rent - and council housing is the most efficient way of providing this - many areas are approaching a Housing Crisis not seen since the post-war era?
That is the only way to deal with the Terrible Housing Crisis that Londoners face.
I agree that we cannot simply build our way out of the Current Housing Crisis faced by the UK, particularly in the south.
In straightforward terms, the unsuitable mix of housing - that is, too little social housing, as we heard fromthe hon. Member for Luton, North (Mr. Hopkins) - and the problem of affordability, which is related not to supply but to income and mortgage eligibility, may be at the heart of the Housing Crisis.
No one can be in any doubt about the seriousness of the Housing Crisis in this country.
The sheer scale of the Housing Crisis requires fresh thinking.
It is incredible that she made no mention of anything that preceded that date, or of the Housing Crisis that this Government inherited.
The Housing Crisis in Wales and in the regions of England is as acute as that in the south-east.
That is a significant driver of demand, and therefore of the Housing Crisis that we face.
Much has been made of house building in the debate and I acknowledge that there is a Housing Crisis, but the real crisis is housing mix; it is about the match between the availability of particular types of houses and the need for them.
The Barker review's proposed additional 17,000 to 23,000 social houses a year barely scratches at the surface of Our Affordable Housing Crisis, as it is called by Home Truths, backed by the Town and County Planning Association, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and many other leading housing associations.
VAT reform would provide a major boost to social house building for rent and thus attack the Crisis in Affordable Housing and help to keep prices down.
However, the countryside cannot stagnate, and a recent report produced by the Country Land and Business Association on housing and the rural economy concluded that the current planning policies are neglecting the growing Crisis in Housing in rural areas, particularly in villages in the wider countryside, and that the problems of affordable housing cannot be addressed in isolation from the insufficient supply of housing as a whole.
The Real Housing Crisis involves not the net supply issue, but the relationship between provision and need.
The Minister must recognise that there is a growing Crisis in Affordable Housing in successful resorts such as Southport.
That is why I was happy to speak at the parliamentary launch on24 March of the National Housing Federation - South West report on the economic effects of the Affordable Housing Crisis in the south-west.
It is the fourth option: let the councils run their own housing, build and make their contribution to solving the Housing Crisis.
On that basis, most local authorities can balance their housing books and can use the money to renovate, repair and build anew to make their contribution to tackling the Housing Crisis that has arisen.
Will the Minister recognise that there is currently a Terrible Housing Crisis in London?
I hope that the Minister will recognise that many people around the country simply do not accept the three options that have been proffered by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to deal with the Housing Crisis.
As I said earlier, we cannot simply build ourselves out of the Present Housing Crisis.
However, the homelessness legislation provides a safety net for individuals who find themselves in a Housing Crisis.
When they are here, they then fall under the provisions of the homelessness legislation, which provides an important safety net for vulnerable people who find themselves facing a Housing Crisis.
At the same time, we have had the Government's national prioritisation of the Thames gateway, arising partly because the Housing Crisis in the south-east acts as a brake on broader patterns of economic change across other regions of the British economy.
The Government have not listened, because we have the same problems as Cornwall - in most cases, incomes are lower in Somerset than in Cornwall because of the Housing Crisis in rural areas, which many hon. Members have already eloquently discussed.
"In 41 areas of Housing Crisis, I have capped the level of discount.
So far, the Government's sole answer to the Housing Crisis has been to concrete over more and more green fields in the vain hope that eventually supply will match demand and bring house prices down.
I have capped the level of discount in 41 areas of Housing Crisis, but elsewhere, the right to buy still gives a discount of up to £38,000 for each home and the right to acquire a discount of up to £16,000.
We need to be clear that the statement is necessary because of the Crisis in Housing - a crisis that has spiralled out of control and is largely of the Government's own making.
Up to now, the Government's sole answer to the Housing Crisis has been to concrete over more and more green fields in the vain hope that supply will eventually match demand and bring house prices down.
Given Britain's Affordable Housing Crisis, is not the real challenge to build more homes, not to cut funds going into housing, as the Conservatives propose?
My hon. Friend knows that my right hon. Friend the Minister for Housing and Planning has been examining in new housing legislation how to keep the flexibility to judge whether an area is in Housing Crisis and whether we should take action.
When we fought the election in 1997, one of the major concerns was the Crisis in Housing caused largely by boom and bust in the economy.
As for a Housing Crisis, I do not think that anyone doubted that there was one in 1997 when we came to office.
At the heart of the Government's plans to solve the Housing Crisis is the provision of cut-price houses for £60,000 each.
In fact, one of the great difficulties of the previous Administration's policy on rural housing was that they limited it in certain circumstances where they believed that there was a Housing Crisis.
Where the Housing Crisis particularly hurts the young, the council tax crisis particularly hurts the elderly - it cannot be said that the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister discriminates on grounds of age.
Since the senior management at English Partnerships has improved recently, why does not the Deputy Prime Minister ask EP and the local authorities together to compile and publish a full register of all publicly owned land, not least so that that land can be made available to tackle the Crisis in Affordable Housing?
Trying to build our way out of the so-called Housing Crisis in the south-east of England will not solve the crisis but create - and is creating - a new environmental crisis.
The Minister mentioned various aspects of tackling the Housing Crisis, but when will the Government introduce the secondary legislation promised in the Housing Act 2004 to deal with the problem of empty homes?
The Housing Crisis is serious, as the Government now recognise.
I genuinely and sincerely believe that the Affordable Housing Crisis is a powder keg ready to explode at any time in the imminent future.
Those are stark facts, but before I draw attention to more facts, I wish to say that Shelter, the London Housing Federation and the Greater London authority paid unstinting tribute in their briefings to what the Government have done already and are in the process of doing to deal with the Serious Housing Crisis in London.
I genuinely and sincerely believe that the Affordable Housing Crisis is a powder keg ready to explode at any time in the imminent future.
Does my hon. Friend agree that the Present Housing Crisis is predicted to become worse in terms of low-cost social housing for rent?
As there are 380,000 people on waiting lists for affordable housing and the Council of Mortgage Lenders says that fewer first-time buyers are entering the market than at any time in the last 20 years, there is no doubt that there is a Major Affordable Housing Crisis, especially in rural areas.
That policy is obviously conditioned by the Housing Crisis in the south-east.
As a proud London MP, I hope that those things will come to pass, that London as a whole will benefit from the games, and particularly that the Terrible Housing Crisis that faces the poor people of London, with more than 250,000 on waiting lists, will in some sense be alleviated by the construction of the Olympic village, and that it will be housing for affordable rent.
We are wholly signed up to the view that there is a need for many more homes in the south-east, but we do not agree that the only way to deal with the Housing Crisis is through shared equity schemes and the abolition of stamp duty.
If we are to put new homes in place and deal with the Housing Crisis, we have to tackle both those problems.
Surely the Minister is well aware of the Housing Crisis that exists in London with the lack of rented accommodation through councils and housing associations.
However, those changes are too little and too late, and will not meet the Real Housing Crisis in Rochdale, across the borough.
The council provided land at nil cost in order to keep rents down, and we started to build our way out of what was becoming a Housing Crisis.
That is also an index, as the noble Baroness, Lady Miller, said, of the Crisis in Affordable Housing.
I can find no other vehicle that could undertake the scale of investment and delivery that we need in This Housing Crisis.
In reality, there is a Massive Housing Crisis.
It cannot have escaped your notice, Mrs. Dean, that the majority of Labour Members participating in this debate represent London constituencies; that is because of the nature of the Housing Crisis in London which my Friendthe Member for Regent's Park and Kensington, North (Ms Buck) outlined very well indeed.
There is a case for the National Audit Office, or for the Select Committee on Defence or somebody in the Government or Government agencies, to look again at that privatisation and its consequences, because while Annington Homes was selling off allegedly surplus properties, the MOD - as was confirmed in a written answer last week - is renting between 50 and 60 family houses from the private sector in a town where there is a Housing Crisis.
It is essential that the Government are persuaded that they must act to address the Housing Crisis for disabled people and those with long-term health conditions.
Does my hon. Friend recognise that the Crisis in Housing is now becoming as fierce in some northern towns and cities as it is in some southern towns and cities?
Will the Department look at its proposals for alleviating the Housing Crisis in northern areas?
In the current climate, the Bill is the right thing to do, although the safeguards are necessary, because there is a Crisis in Housing in London and those who are charged with addressing it are not doing so properly.
We are in a Massive Housing Crisis in London.
We are in a massive Housing Crisis in London.
We have a Housing Crisis in London.
It lies at the root of Britain's Housing Crisis and explains why 1 million children are growing up homeless or in damp, cold or overcrowded accommodation.
There is an emerging, or even emerged, Housing Crisis in most parts of the north and midlands.
Each region is different, of course, but selling off much-needed public sector homes at a time when they are very much in demand and the obscene land prices that we are seeing currently are two of the main drivers for the Current Housing Crisis.
Does my hon. Friend think that the Housing Crisis in London is down to the unintended consequences of the nationally and regionally remotely set targets for housing?
I am pleased to be able to speak in the debate, because it brings the opportunity to highlight the Housing Crisis in London.
I genuinely do not think that they set out to make the Housing Crisis worse.
I also echo the comments about the Tory Government who created a social Housing Crisis, but they have been replaced by a Labour Government who have failed to address it in any meaningful way.
May I draw the hon. Gentleman's attention to items that he left out of his list of things that are happening, such as the increasing Housing Crisis and the dire lack of affordable housing, particularly across London and the south-east?
Returning to the localist point of view, I believe that local authorities such as mine in Croydon, which is very positive about building social housing and council housing, are best placed to react to the needs of the local electorate who are demanding that extra social housing and to deal with the Housing Crisis that has been imposed on London by this Government.
It is impossible to overestimate the scale of the problem the mayor will inherit, which will need more than mere number-crunching to transform the Housing Crisis in the city.
As the Select Committee knows, the Government's response to the Housing Crisis has been distinctly one dimensional.
The Government have presided over a Housing Crisis of monumental proportions.
There is a powerful social case for constructing council housing to tackle the Affordable Housing Crisis, and there will be a political dividend from reaffirming a core value that council housing is not some obsolete policy from a bygone era, but a key economic activity that adds to our national wealth, promotes social inclusion and is a robust, high value and sustainable solution for one of the most pressing problems that face a new Administration planning their priorities for the next three years.
In Britain, we have a Housing Crisis which impacts disproportionately on disabled people due to their relative poverty and restricted opportunities.
An expanding economy and the amount of business premises it requires, and the Housing Crisis, lay heavy burdens potentially on the land which is available and present real challenges not only to brownfield sites but to protected greenbelt land as well.
That is why I am disappointed that the new Conservative shadow housing Minister has said, "you cannot build your way out of a Housing Crisis".
For them, the only way out of the Housing Crisis is the construction of social homes, particularly council housing, so will the Prime Minister ensure that legislation promotes that?
After 10 years in government, he has discovered that there is a Housing Crisis, particularly in respect of affordable homes.
Much has rightly been said about the foot-dragging with which the Government have responded to the Massive Housing Crisis, and I am curious to hear the Minister's responses to the points that have been put to him about whether the new Prime Minister's latest plans will be sufficient to deal with the long-term demand for housing.
That level of immigration is completely unsustainable, and unless the Government get to grips with the issue and we have a controlled and sustainable level of immigration, we will not solve the Housing Crisis that we face.
Some hon. Members may have seen a comment piece by Tristram Hunt in The Observer last Sunday, which claimed that Ministers "advocated ripping up Britain's green belt to solve the Housing Crisis".
I hope that that Green Paper will at last enable the corner to be turned on the Housing Crisis in this country.
There is a Housing Crisis, so, likethe right hon. Member for Oxford, East (Mr. Smith), I am pleased that this debate is taking place.
Readiness to go ahead with an urban extension is synonymous locally with being serious about tackling the Housing Crisis.
We look forward very much to next week's housing Green Paper as a further demonstration of the Government's renewed commitment to tackling what we all agree is both a Crisis of Affordable Housing to buy and, particularly, a shortage of rented accommodation for people in housing need.
Does the Minister agree that to solve the Housing Crisis, it is vital to end the ham-fisted nature of top-down, Whitehall-driven targets?
Before he took up his new post, two weeks ago, it read: "We believe you cannot build your way out of a Housing Crisis".
Does the Minister accept that we have a Housing Crisis because of this Government's failure over the past 10 years?
At last, after 10 years, the Government recognise the scale of the Housing Crisis over which they have presided: with 71 per cent.
It is those groups, not MPs, who are truly defending Britain, trying to regain the primacy of Parliament, and trying to stop the uncontrolled EU immigration that damages race relations and is adding to Our Housing Crisis, with up to half a million immigrants a year entering the UK from Europe.
Let me remind the House what his local website said on the day he was appointed Conservative housing spokesperson: "We believe you cannot build your way out of a Housing Crisis".
Perhaps I am being unfair - at least the Conservatives now recognise that there is a Crisis in Affordable Housing - but the announcement was rushed out last week in expectation of a general election.
The announcement was more a case of what was left out rather than what was put in - there was no mention of affordable homes, community land trusts or long-term affordability - and it did not include anything that would solve Britain's Housing Crisis.
Neither they nor the Conservatives have any answers to the key issues of fair local taxation, local empowerment and Britain's Housing Crisis.
Several Members have said that the Crisis in Housing has grown despite the Government's efforts over the past 10 years.
When we debate housing, I often think about the two great leaders whose statues stand outside the Chamber - Churchill and Lloyd George, who stood at the Dispatch Box, arguing and debating the Housing Crisis of 100 years ago.
It is implicit that the Government have at long last recognised the scale of the Housing Crisis, or challenge as they may call it - certainly it is a huge social problem that we had better find some answers to quickly.
At a time when the competency of the Government is under attack as never before, the Bill is a missed opportunity to trust local people to help solve the Housing Crisis.
Islington's Housing Crisis is desperate.
The Housing Crisis is happening now.
I welcome the Bill, not for its contents, but for the opportunity it gives us to explain the Housing Crisis that many Members' constituencies face.
Does he share my dismay that the Housing Crisis in the affordable rented sector is worse than it was 10 years ago?
Is there anything that we can do to give the Government a kick so that we have enough time to ensure that the Housing Crisis is not compounded by a crisis of scrutiny of one of the most important pieces of housing legislation that we have ever discussed?
I had not reached Tony Blair's part and his appalling treatment of local authorities, especially his total disregard of the role of council houses in providing answers to the Housing Crisis.
With the number of homeless estimated at 100,000 - it could be substantially higher as there is an awful lot of hidden homelessness in this country - it is quite obvious that we have a Housing Crisis.
The noble Lord will recognise that repossession levels are low in comparison with the Housing Crisis in 1991.
I thank the Minister for what he has done in trying to improve conditions on estates, and for his understanding of the issue, but we need an urgent action programme to deal with the Housing Crisis in London.
In that regard, we are all in agreement; we all believe that there is a Housing Crisis.
Asthe hon. Member for Montgomeryshire (Lembit Öpik) mentioned, trying to build the homes that we need by pushing further with the prescriptions to try to solve the Housing Crisis that have failed during the Government's tenure will replicate and ensure the continuation of the problems that we have experienced.
To get to the central point, if we want to relieve the Housing Crisis in this country, we must build more homes, and if we want to do that, repeating the failing prescription of the past will not achieve what we require.
It could do with a bit of improvement, but it needs to be seen in the context of a Serious Housing Crisis for millions or at least hundreds of thousands of relatively low income families.
Members may be aware of the old prefabs that were put up after the second world war to meet the Housing Crisis; they were far from doing any of those desirable things.
Members may be aware of the old prefabs that were put up after the second world war to meet the Housing Crisis; they were far from being any of those desirable things.
Does she not agree that there is a Housing Crisis and that the Government are right to set an ambitious target for the building of about 3 million new homes by 2020?
Is there not the potential for eco-towns to contribute to solving Our Housing Crisis?
I assume the Minister meant - and I think it a useful clarification - that what are being called eco-towns are, in effect, primarily an effort by the Government to use innovative technology to deal with the Housing Crisis.
Further to whatthe right hon. Member for North-West Hampshire (Sir George Young) said, surely it is obvious that the Government are loth to regulate the private sector to the same standard as the public sector, primarily because they are frightened that, if they take away or harm the profit motive, there will not be enough private sector accommodation to help alleviate the Housing Crisis.
In the Minister's defence, Britain is in the grip of a Housing Crisis.
Further to what the right hon. Member for North-West Hampshire said, surely it is obvious that the Government are loth to regulate the private sector to the same standard as the public sector, primarily because they are frightened that, if they take away or harm the profit motive, there will not be enough private sector accommodation to help alleviate the Housing Crisis.
I accept that the Minister is constrained in what he can say, but does he accept my primary point that despite all the growth, we cannot build our way out of This Housing Crisis simply by heaping thousands of houses in an area such as Cornwall?
Given that, the only way out of the Present Housing Crisis that I can see is to allow local authorities to build social or affordable housing by borrowing against the collateral of their housing stock.
In our desire to solve Britain's Housing Crisis, CLTs could point the way forward.
At a time when we have a Housing Crisis, especially in terms of affordability, and when repossessions are rising, to undermine Shelter is to undermine an organisation that provides us and the homeless with a service.
At a time when we have a Housing Crisis, especially in terms of affordability, and when repossessions are rising, to undermine that organisation means undermining an organisation that provides us and the homeless with a service.
Some people seem to think that the Current Housing Crisis will alleviate this.
The right hon. Member for Oxford, East (Mr. Smith) rightly pointed out that many areas of the country have a Housing Crisis, a subject that we all face at our regular advice surgeries, with local people struggling to find somewhere to live that they can afford.
For them, the only way out of a Housing Crisis is through local authority-inspired renting - either through nomination to a housing association or, in our case, through Homes for Islington.
It is time for us to go back to protecting public assets for public good, so that we can deal with the Housing Crisis.
Unemployment is well above the regional and national averages, and the Housing Crisis is acute and serious for many.
We must consider putting in place rent controls across London or the country, as the Labour Government of the 1970s did to deal with a Similar Housing Crisis.
London faces a Housing Crisis - a crisis for people in rented accommodation, those in council accommodation, those who rent privately and those who are owner-occupiers and pay very high mortgages.
As my hon. Friendthe Member for Islington, North (Jeremy Corbyn) and other speakers have said, there is a Housing Crisis in London - a crisis of temporary accommodation, of overcrowding and, above all, of affordability, which has not yet been resolved by the fall in house prices.
I hope that the review will pay attention to the fact that the sort of developments that your Lordships have been discussing are often for small units, usually flats, which are not necessarily what is most needed to address the Housing Crisis, and that it will also pay attention to applications for a number of units which, oddly, comes in just below the local threshold at which affordable housing has to be included.
I assume that that money has already been allocated in the budget of the Homes and Communities Agency, so perhaps the Minister will take a minute to explain how that money will ease the Housing Crisis.
The Housing Crisis in this country is not new and it is not merely a product of the recession.
This debate is taking place against the backdrop of the Current Housing Crisis which, as the Minister rightly argued, requires exceptional measures for exceptional times.
Clearly, the Housing Crisis in London can and must be resolved by rapid investment in new build and much tougher planning regulations on the level of building within private sector developments.
After almost 12 years of a Labour Government, the Housing Crisis in the country is worse now than it was in 1997.
The difference between our approach and Labour's is that rather than thinking that the way to solve a Housing Crisis is to create ever-larger, top-down, Whitehall-driven, almost Soviet tractor-style targets for building homes in people's communities, we can work with communities to create the housing that is needed.
There are some immediate difficulties with the Current Housing Crisis.
He will find an inspirational Liberal Democrat-led local authority whose housing policies in a very difficult time have won awards for their ways of trying to deal with the Housing Crisis and homelessness.
That could undermine the basis from which we will try to confront the deep structural weaknesses in the supply of social housing as the country's Housing Crisis develops.
Will the Minister accept that, in the real world, after years of plenty and 12 years of a Labour Government, almost 4 million children still live in poverty, and that, thanks to the Government's 12 years of failure, the Housing Crisis for low-income people is the worst for a decade?
He asked the same man to report on the Housing Crisis.
The reality of the sad point that we have reached in the Housing Crisis is that the degree of regional variation is not marked, so the case for a revaluation is not there.
It is key to fixing This Housing Crisis, for which the current Government more than any other have to take their share of responsibility, that we understand that the trick is to build more homes in total in order that everybody at every level of the housing market, right down to those people who are homeless, get the opportunity to live with a decent roof over their head.
I put to my right hon. Friendthe Member for Derby, South (Margaret Beckett) the possibility of councils retaining all rent income so that they could reinvest in their local housing stock, build new houses and have the same access as registered social landlords to grants and loans to tackle the Housing Crisis.
If we do not solve the Housing Crisis, the horrors of the rise of the far right and of the British National party, and the destruction of so many people's lives because of bad health, educational under-achievement and family break-up, will continue.
We have to look at rural areas, as the Housing Crisis is not confined to urban Britain.
It is almost impossible to secure the granting of a change of use from the planning authorities despite the Current Housing Crisis.
These are all things that would help not only to tackle this country's Affordable Housing Crisis, but to support the economy and jobs.
It was very important - the Select Committee highlighted it in our report in February - that the Government stepped in, particularly given the credit crunch and the Crisis in Housing.
I had a surgery last Saturday, and, if I may, I will illustrate how bad the Housing Crisis is in Islington with the following cases.
I know that the Prime Minister is aware of the extent of the Affordable Housing Crisis across rural Britain and many of the innovative ways in which local authorities are trying to address the problem through section 106 agreements.
As a result of the Affordable Housing Crisis, we in south Cumbria lose 30 per cent.
That is how we can start to solve the Affordable Housing Crisis in our rural communities.
, and when the number of people waiting for social housing is higher than it has been in any decade since the 1940s, there was nothing to show the sort of the commitment that people would have expected from a Labour Government to deal with the Massive Housing Crisis that is being experienced in every constituency in Britain?
There is a Housing Crisis in this country, but not necessarily a housing shortage.
In the general election campaign, I hope that we can ensure that we understand the extent of the Housing Crisis and the shortage of housing in a borough such as Southwark.
Matthew Taylor's review of affordable housing is the best route map out of the Housing Crisis that we face in rural areas; my hon. Friend's work to secure the Walker review on water charges has led to a real-terms cut in water bills in Cornwall; and Colin Breed helped to develop the tax policy that will be implemented by this Government and will lift millions out of poverty.
Matthew Taylor's review of affordable housing is the best route map out of the Housing Crisis that we face in rural areas; my hon. Friend's work to secure the Walker review on water charges has led to a real-terms cut in water bills in Cornwall; and Colin Breed helped to develop the tax policy that will be implemented by this Government and that will lift millions out of poverty.
Oh for the return of the days when local councils built family houses-houses fit for purpose, built to Parker Morris standards-not today's cramped dwellings with paper-thin dividing walls, which in any event are inadequate in number to deal with the worsening Housing Crisis.
I recall visiting the United States when the Housing Crisis, prompted by the mis-selling of mortgages in the US, was just beginning to take hold.
Having a decent place to call home is something that many of us take for granted, but for thousands upon thousands of Londoners, the Housing Crisis in London can be described only as a living nightmare.
Yet, as my noble friend has outlined, we face a Housing Crisis of an unprecedented scale and urgency in the affordable housing sector and other sectors of the housing market.
Cornwall is experiencing an Acute Housing Crisis, and the private rented sector continues to play an important role in addressing that crisis for my constituents.
That is why 30 years ago in Colchester there was no such thing as a Housing Crisis but there is one now.
We have not seen a Housing Crisis on this scale since the second world war.
I am absolutely certain that if any MP is approached by someone in Housing Crisis, with immigration problems, as a victim of bureaucratic incompetence in respect of tax credits or benefits, in any of the bread and butter pieces of casework, all MPs will try to help regardless of whether they are electors.
Such people should not be left in sheltered accommodation, but they are because of the general Crisis in Housing.
That is why we have a Housing Crisis in this country.
I am worried about that, and my overall concern is that we are approaching a Housing Crisis.
Is it not likely that the Housing Crisis that is looming large will be worsened, not helped, by the Government's measures?
That is the real way out of the Housing Crisis.
What I also understand about the Housing Crisis is that the state of the rebuilding programme that was beginning to be implemented is being fundamentally eroded by the Bill.
Shelter says that the Housing Crisis will get worse and Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire chamber of commerce has written to me today saying that, while it welcomes the Minister's intent to simplify and speed up the planning system, it has significant concerns that the Bill as currently drafted will act as a barrier to development and economic growth.
When the Minister replies, therefore, I hope he will understand that housing and building costs are high in London, that housing need is desperate and that the only long-term, efficient way out of the Housing Crisis is to construct council housing at fixed rents and with permanent tenure, which gives people a sense of security, a decent home and an environment in which to grow up.
We must recognise that without public intervention and investment, the Housing Crisis in London will get worse and worse.
Towards the end of the previous Labour Government, that programme had also started to make an impact on the Housing Crisis in London.
That problem is in desperate need of attention, because it contributes to building up the Current Housing Crisis in London.
It seems to me that the biggest reason for This Housing Crisis in the capital is an obsession that can be traced back to the early 1980s and the introduction of the right to buy, with its emphasis on a personal subsidy rather than a subsidy on bricks and mortar.
Will the Minister concede that, although the right to buy was liberating and gave access to home ownership for people who perhaps previously would never have been able to aspire to it, the decision to prevent local authorities from building, or to make it difficult for them to build, alternative affordable accommodation contributed to the Massive Housing Crisis with which we are confronted?
No one is convinced that the new homes bonus is the panacea to the Housing Crisis that the Government believe it to be, least of all the 21 Tory council leaders from the south-east who wrote to them earlier this year warning that they were not convinced that the plan provides enough of an incentive to communities for them to welcome development.
One of the problems with housing supply is the availability of land, but the Government own vast tracts of land throughout the country, so has his Department given any consideration to bringing forward some public sector land to meet the Housing Crisis?
Does the Prime Minister acknowledge that there is a Housing Crisis in Britain, and will the Government publish a strategy to tackle it?
I was about to say that when we turned our minds to the Housing Crisis in the capital, we made progress.
I think that the hon. Member for Islington North would accept that Labour did not tackle the Housing Crisis very successfully when it was in government.
My constituency faces the Worst Housing Crisis since the second world war - perhaps even worse, given the level of demand.
We need to use all those inventive and creative ways to tackle the Housing Crisis.
We have diverse areas and different experiences, which is exemplified in the Housing Crisis across the city.
I have seen research that shows that even if we tackled the problem of under-occupation in London completely, it would come nowhere near to solving the Housing Crisis.
I will end by giving an anecdote about someone whom I met a number of years ago, whose story sticks in my mind as a reason why we have to tackle the Housing Crisis in London.
All those speeches addressed, with slightly different emphases, the impact of the Housing Crisis on people - on families in overcrowded accommodation, homeless families and families forced into constant moves and changes of address.
There is a Housing Crisis out there that can be solved by the building of new properties that can put those people to good work and solve the social problems at the same time.
So we have been building houses at a heck of a rate in Tower Hamlets, but we have not been building them to meet the Housing Crisis there.
Twenty-five years ago - I think it was 25 years ago this week that I was first elected as a councillor in the London borough of Hammersmith - we had what we then thought was a Housing Crisis.
He will not deliver new social housing; he is not standing up for London tenants or those who face a Housing Crisis.
I put this as gently as I can to Opposition Members, but they are not really in a position to criticise this Government for trying to do something to deal with the Housing Crisis in London when they left us in such a heaven's awful mess in the first place.
” She rightly identified that to solve the Housing Crisis, the Government need to build more homes.
I want to look at some potential solutions to asset inequality and to the Housing Crisis that we face.
We have a Housing Crisis in this country, and it will be made worse by the benefits cap the Government are introducing, as revealed by the evidence from the private secretary of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government that the cap could result in 40,000 families losing their homes.
This is a long-standing policy on these benches, but now, when we have simultaneously a Housing Crisis and a crisis in the construction industry, it requires further investigation.
Even for those who do have this support, the deposit required rules it out for many people, and of course advances from building societies and banks in this area have largely reduced as a result of the Housing Crisis.
Whatever one thinks of those policies and the parallel policies dealing with the benefit side in the Welfare Reform Bill that we will debate next week, one cannot deny that the Present Housing Crisis means that the pressures on social housing by restrictions on access to tenancies, or by raising rents, will cause further pressures on the private rented sector and the mortgage market.
There is a Crisis in Housing across all sectors.
As I said before, we have a Housing Crisis.
As the Housing Alliance reported last week, the UK has some of the worst housing in western Europe, and constituencies such as mine are plagued by This Housing Crisis.
There are few members on either side of the House who would not acknowledge that we face something of a Housing Crisis here in the UK.
The noble Lord, Lord McKenzie, spoke about the immediate Crisis in Housing.
We badly need more development - well-designed and in the right place - not least because we have a growing Housing Crisis.
There is a quiet Crisis in Housing across the south-east in particular, but also in other areas.
If every house built in Lewisham over the next 10 years was an affordable home - and I mean genuinely affordable - we would still not solve Our Housing Crisis.
I was going to say a bit about the Housing Crisis, but it has been said.
They must not weaken the requirement to provide affordable housing, which is fundamental to meeting a growing Housing Crisis and ensuring the future prosperity of our young people.
Finally, there is a mounting Housing Crisis.
It has been claimed that 40% of homeless people in the country have squatted at some point, and that because the Housing Crisis means that there will be more people on the housing waiting lists and more without access to houses, there is likely to be more squatting.
Britain is gripped by a growing Housing Crisis.
May we have a proper debate on the worsening Housing Crisis now that the full facts of the Government's failure have been revealed?
Secondly, on infrastructure more generally, the Statement is silent on the question of social housing, which in my view is a very serious omission because we have a Housing Crisis.
Nevertheless, he described the size and immense difficulty of the Housing Crisis in all forms of tenure, and pretty much all parts of the country.
Although dealing with empty homes is one way to address the Housing Crisis, what is the Minister doing to build more homes, particularly as the net supply, housing starts and housing completes have all fallen?
They struggle, above all else, just to provide a decent roof over their family's heads, and that is because we face the Worst Housing Crisis since the second world war.
I submit that criminalisation will not solve the problems faced by either these homeless individuals or by our society as a whole, which has a Housing Crisis, with over 600,000 people homeless and 350,000 empty properties-which is, as George Clarke graphically described in his Channel 4 series "The Great British Property Scandal", equivalent to a city the size of Leeds.
The result is that we are now building up to a Housing Crisis that will severely hit those who cannot afford to buy.
Successive Governments have failed to appreciate the scale of the Housing Crisis.
When will he get a grip on This Housing Crisis and stop making empty announcements that fail to live up to expectations?
We have the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation.
We have the biggest Housing Crisis in a generation.
Government and Opposition Members recognise that there is a Serious Housing Crisis in the country.
We face a Housing Crisis in this country, and that crisis is deepening.
Will the right hon. Gentleman make time for a debate on the Housing Crisis that his Government have caused?
Has the right hon. Gentleman seen the report by three independent housing organisations on the emerging Housing Crisis?
We now have the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation, and, at its heart, the depressing statistics of homelessness up by 14% and rough sleeping up by 23%.
We now have the biggest Housing Crisis in a generation, and, at its heart, the depressing statistics of homelessness up by 14% and rough sleeping up by 23%.
An excellent IPPR report said today that Britain is in the midst of the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation.
The petition states: The Petition of residents of York, Declares that York is facing a Housing Crisis, with homelessness in York in 2010/2011 40% up on the previous year; further declares that the Government's reforms to Housing Benefits mean that of 6,299 private rented properties previously affordable in the city, 3,700 will be lost, a reduction of almost 50%; declares that this is effectively driving people out of York and away from their jobs, families and friends; and declares that York's Broad Market Rental Area, which determines the level of Housing Benefit currently available, should be based on the York Unitary Authority area and not on neighbouring towns including, Tadcaster, Selby, and Pocklington, all of which have lower rents than York, in order to reduce the pressure on people to move away from the city which is their home.
This Administration are presiding over the Worst Housing Crisis in a generation.
Is the Minister aware of the Housing Crisis throughout central London in the private rented sector, with rents rising well above inflation, housing benefit being capped or cut, and many families being evicted and communities broken up?
Does she agree that the Prime Minister should focus on alleviating the Current Housing Crisis rather than on future Conservative policies that might include a housing benefit cut for the under-25s?
I suggested that the new form of tenure would open the way for the expansion of co-operative housing schemes at a time when the UK faces a significant Housing Crisis.
There is little doubt that the UK has a Housing Crisis and that it is likely to get worse.
The growing Housing Crisis will not abate without action.
I congratulatethe hon. Member for Watford (Richard Harrington) on introducing this Bill, which is very timely given the Current Housing Crisis facing the nation.
There is broad agreement on the fact that we are gripped by the Worst Housing Crisis in a generation.
They will need to do that to address the Housing Crisis gripping the nation.
Our country faces a Massive Housing Crisis.
I beg to move, That this House notes that England faces a Housing Crisis; further notes with concern that housing starts, including for affordable housing, are down, and that homelessness and rough sleeping have increased under this Government; further notes that the collapse in house building and contraction in construction are a major cause of the double-dip recession; believes that the Government needs to take urgent action to get the economy and house building going again; and calls on the Government to introduce a tax on bankers' bonuses to fund the building of 25,000 additional affordable homes, to bring forward infrastructure investment, including for housing, and to cut VAT on home improvements, repairs and maintenance to five per cent for one year to help homeowners and create jobs.
Today, the country is gripped by the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation and the longest double-dip recession since the second world war.
There are other serious consequences of the growing Housing Crisis, from health to welfare.
If there were a new home for every press release from the last Minister for Housing, there would be no Housing Crisis.
Those are the brutal consequences of a Government who, for all their bluster and sunny language, have failed to understand the nature of the Housing Crisis, set their aspirations low and lacked the will to deliver.
It is clear that, if the Labour party found itself in Government again and wrecked our triple A credit rating, interest rates would rocket, and we would have a Real Housing Crisis on our hands.
It gives excellent examples of how to start to tackle the Housing Crisis.
I hope that the Minister will listen to hon. Members from across the House who have called for practical suggestions that will protect the green belt as far as possible, and that he will take on board suggestions from members of his own party as well as from the Labour party on solving this very Real Housing Crisis.
First, a Housing Crisis is building up primarily because we need 240,000 new houses a year but are building only around 100,000 a year.
The reason we face This Massive Housing Crisis today is the abject failure of the coalition parties' economic plan.
With all due respect to the Minister, I know it is his first day but it is his party that is in government, his party that is responsible for This Housing Crisis, his party that is presiding over a huge increase in homelessness and a significant rise in rough sleeping, and his party that is catastrophically failing in its duty to provide the houses that people need in this country.
The Government know that we have a Housing Crisis, but it is a crisis of their own making.
Will he also recognise that until now, council tenancies have been the most secure form of tenancy in the country and have provided a stable home for many families, and that that is the best way out of the Housing Crisis?
Let us remind ourselves that they are responsible for two and a half years of counter-productive and damaging cuts; two and a half years of hurting this nation's most vulnerable people; two and a half years of sucking the lifeblood out of our economy rather than breathing new life into it; and two and a half years of destroying employment, creating a Housing Crisis, killing off opportunities for young people, devastating public services and driving forward a dangerous economic and social experiment.
Like everybody else, I am desperate for infrastructure investment in my constituency, which is suffering from a Housing Crisis on a scale not seen since the second world war.
However, despite this, the coalition Government inherited a Housing Crisis in May 2010.
5% in the three months until September - there is a sector in trouble - and if the Government wanted to boost growth and tackle the Housing Crisis, the Secretary of State could have adopted our proposal to use the proceeds of the 4G auction to build 100,000 new affordable homes.
There is nothing in the Bill to address the root causes of the Government's economic failure, or indeed the Housing Crisis.
They are being introduced at a time of a Housing Crisis that is particularly acute in places such as London.
It is worth saying that although the Bill is a useful tool, as we are having to wrestle with a Massive Housing Crisis, it will go only part of the way in dealing with the housing need in this country, and I know that the hon. Gentleman will agree with that.
It is worth saying that although the Bill is a useful tool, as we are having to wrestle with a massive Housing Crisis, it will go only part of the way in dealing with the housing need in this country, and I know that the hon. Gentleman will agree with that.
The obvious thing to do when a homelessness problem is building up and a Housing Crisis is developing is to invest in housing to stimulate the economy in the way that it did in the 1930s.
One would expect London's Housing Crisis and its immigration challenges, and issues such as welfare benefits and crime and disorder to be mainstream stuff for the Member of Parliament for Tottenham to bring to the House for debate, discussion and even disagreement, both with one's own Government and that of other parties.
It is clear that, for a number of reasons, we face a Housing Crisis in the UK that will only get worse in the coming years.
We welcome this report, which contains a number of innovative proposals to tackle the Worst Housing Crisis in a generation.
Will he now accept personal responsibility as the Chancellor of the Exchequer presiding over the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation?
The houses there were built in the 1960s in response to what was then seen as London's Housing Crisis.
In November 2008, the First Minister announced that £100 million would be brought forward to invest in tackling the Housing Crisis, which had been caused by years of under-investment by previous Administrations.
With housing starts down and private rents up to record levels, England is now gripped by the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation.
My local council thinks that £40,000 should be the cut-off figure and that that will solve the Housing Crisis.
Although much of that was hidden during the good times, the welcome steps introduced by the Brown Government were too late and too slow to stop the Housing Crisis from escalating.
The hon. Lady is making the case clearly for the urban context, but does she agree that in rural areas such as mine, which have faced a Housing Crisis for years, people face even less choice?
There is a Housing Crisis in London.
I have the Worst Housing Crisis since the second world war.
As a result of the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation, more and more people are being locked out of home ownership and are looking to find their homes in the private rented sector.
As a result of the biggest Housing Crisis in a generation, more and more people are being locked out of home ownership and are looking to find their homes in the private rented sector.
Different solutions would, I guess, be proposed from one side of the Chamber or the other, but it is clear to me that there is a consensus across the Chamber that we are living through the Worst Housing Crisis in a generation.
We need to go back and consider the point which I thought that the noble Lord, Lord Deben, was implying: the Treasury and the Government have to look at the extent to which public investment is required to meet the Housing Crisis that we are facing, if only because that will have wider impacts upon the economy as a whole.
Does he accept that no amount of massaging statistics can conceal the fact that this is a Government who are presiding over the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation?
Unless we do that, unless we take housing benefit out of the plans for universal credit strategy and put it back into housing policy, we will not solve the Housing Crisis, the pressure on housing benefit and therefore the pressure on the social security budget in total.
With the Government presiding over the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation, was it not a mistake to cut £4 billion in affordable housing investment, leading to a 68% collapse in affordable house building, and to reject out of hand the proposal for the 4G licence money to be used to build 100,000 affordable homes, which would have added 1% to GDP and created hundreds of thousands of jobs and which was hailed by the CBI as just what the economy needed?
In the name of protecting our triple A rating, the Chancellor cut £4 billion of affordable housing investment, causing house building to collapse, pushing housing benefit bills up, and creating the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation.
On the one hand, a Housing Crisis is looming.
With the economy flatlining, we are facing the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation.
With the economy flatlining, we are facing the biggest Housing Crisis in a generation.
We need to try to address the issue because of the Housing Crisis we face and to enable families living in seriously overcrowded accommodation to find appropriate housing.
The bottom line is that we have a Major Housing Crisis, with nowhere near enough affordable homes.
It is successive Governments who have caused This Housing Crisis, not the poor who struggle to cope with it.
I have not yet heard Ministers deny the existence of the Acute Housing Crisis, yet they conveniently attack the people who are facing the worst end of it.
One of the most important things we should do, given this country's Housing Crisis, is to put money into housing, particularly social housing and council houses.
In the meantime, we could use the money from the 4G sell-off to build more homes so we have less of a Housing Crisis.
I will leave it to the hon. Gentleman to resolve for himself the moral certainty with which he blames existing social tenants for the Housing Crisis.
I am the first to acknowledge that the biggest Housing Crisis in a generation does not date back to May 2010, but, having said that, I should point out that in 2010 we warned what the consequences of the crisis would be.
I am the first to acknowledge that the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation does not date back to May 2010, but, having said that, I should point out that in 2010 we warned what the consequences of the crisis would be.
They make this important point in the letter: "Investing in housing not only helps tackle the Housing Crisis, which requires us to double the number of national homes and build 249,000 homes in London alone by 2020, but also stimulates economic growth and creates jobs.
We have by any measure what we must call a Housing Crisis in the UK.
With the toxic combination of the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation and a flatlining economy, Britain badly needs a Budget for jobs, homes and growth.
The Chancellor has woefully failed to tackle the Housing Crisis in this country.
We are already building 100,000 houses fewer than this community needs, and it is those who cannot afford to buy, and who particularly need housing, who are suffering the pain of the Housing Crisis and the present housing shortage.
We will solve the Housing Crisis and help first-time buyers only if we finally build the new affordable homes that we said should be built but which he ignored in this Budget.
On the housing measures, if the Government want to help the Housing Crisis and stimulate the economy, the best way would be through direct investment, which could be done very quickly.
I think it was said of the previous Housing Minister that if a house had been built for every announcement he made or press statement he released, we would not have a Housing Crisis.
Mervyn King, of the Bank of England, has warned that the mortgage guarantee is not the answer to the Housing Crisis.
My main concern - I think this is true of all other London Members - is the housing problems and the Housing Crisis in London.
We need controls on the private rented sector and on the levels of rent charged, but to deal with This Housing Crisis - and it is a crisis - we must empower local authorities to take over private rented accommodation that is badly run or ludicrously expensive, and also give them enhanced powers to take over the large numbers of empty properties that are part of land banking throughout London.
The Housing Crisis has come upon us over many years - people living longer, a rising population, the breakdown of relationships and new families looking for a secure home.
The Chancellor could have used the funds from the 4G auction to build 100,000 affordable homes, stimulate the economy and help tackle the Housing Crisis, but instead he decided that public services and public sector workers should bear the burden.
We face the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation, but the Government's housing and economic policies are making it worse.
We called on the Chancellor to use the money raised from the 4G mobile auction to build thousands of affordable homes to stimulate the economy and tackle the Housing Crisis.
We face the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation, but the Government's housing and economic policies will make it worse by stoking house prices rather than helping families find a home.
I am pleased that the Government finally seem to be waking up to the fact that there is a Housing Crisis, but they appear to be stoking demand for housing, rather than looking at how to increase supply urgently and drastically.
While this country faces the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation, the Government are using the Budget to help their millionaire friends buy second homes.
While this country faces the biggest Housing Crisis in a generation, the Government are using the Budget to help their millionaire friends buy second homes.
Building more housing is not only a solution to end This Housing Crisis, but an effective way of boosting growth.
The Chancellor claims he will solve the Housing Crisis with his latest right to buy scheme, but we have heard that before.
We face the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation and the Government's housing and economic policies are just making it worse.
We face the biggest Housing Crisis in a generation and the Government's housing and economic policies are just making it worse.
Although I and many of my colleagues are London MPs, we do not claim for a second that the Housing Crisis is unique to our capital city.
The other strand of that - somehow to blame the Whole Housing Crisis in London on the immigrant community - proves once and for all that it is a lot easier to find a scapegoat than to find a solution.
Like my hon. Friendthe Member for Ealing North (Stephen Pound), I wish to discuss the Housing Crisis in London, although five minutes is a very short time in which to try to describe a truly appalling situation.
Given the Current Housing Crisis, we should be giving powers to local authorities to take over properties that are deliberately kept empty, so that the people in desperate housing need can get somewhere to live in London.
That is the best and most efficient way of solving the Housing Crisis.
The hon. Member for Islington North (Jeremy Corbyn) raised similar issues about the Housing Crisis in London and spoke of the need to build new council housing.
There are no answers to Britain's Housing Crisis in the Queen's Speech.
That will allow us properly to tackle the Housing Crisis, which is at the root of many of the problems we encountered before the bank crash.
On housing, as my right hon. Friend the Member for Leeds Central will set out in his speech later today, the Government are not just failing to tackle the Housing Crisis; their policies are making it worse.
A number of Members referred to the Housing Crisis.
The lack of council house building over the past 30 years under the policies of the Tory Governments led by Thatcher, Major and Blair has led to a Housing Crisis.
In Brighton and Hove, we have an Acute Housing Crisis with a private rented sector that is twice the national average at 21% and a generation of families living in uncertainty with short-term tenancies.
We have a Real Housing Crisis in this country.
I think that we will hear today quite a lot about the causes of the Housing Crisis, but I hope that we will spend some of our time on the solutions.
Despite all the main political parties acknowledging This Housing Crisis, the lack of a political solution suggests that the Government have not fully grasped its scale.
We face a worsening Housing Crisis due to a very serious lack of public investment over recent years, the absence of a long-term strategy and, more recently, the financial crisis.
The Housing Crisis is not coming - it is here; it has arrived - and because of the bedroom tax there is no room to which Cathy can come home.
As my noble friend Lord Tope said, there is a Housing Crisis - but it is not new.
We are facing a Housing Crisis for poorer people, not only in London but more generally.
We face the biggest Housing Crisis in a generation, and the Government's housing and economic policies are not helping.
We face the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation, and the Government's housing and economic policies are not helping.
We face a Serious Housing Crisis, and the Government have a bit of a policy for each bit of the housing difficulty, but the trouble is that they are not going to make enough difference.
The first e-mail is from somebody in Battersea: “Good to see someone at least talking about the Housing Crisis in London.
I do not think it is overstating the case to say that we face the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation.
After all the warm words, hot air and relaunches, it is clear that this Government are making the Housing Crisis worse, not better.
My hon. Friendthe Member for Kilmarnock and Loudoun (Cathy Jamieson), in her powerful speech, pointed to the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation that is gripping our country.
We are here to stand up for the people we represent, and we all see the impact of the Housing Crisis in our constituencies.
I once said of the former Housing Minister that if we had a home for every press statement that he issued we would not have a Housing Crisis.
First, we have to tackle the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation.
I have to criticise the Government for the fact that if every one of their announcements on this matter had been a house, we probably would not have a Housing Crisis now.
As I said earlier, if we had a house for every press statement issued by the Government, we would not have a Housing Crisis.
While the south of the country and other high-demand areas are suffering a Housing Crisis of under-supply and high rents, low-demand areas are suffering an altogether different housing crisis - a crisis of substandard accommodation and unwanted properties to let, which are often abandoned.
Why does the Minister not accept responsibility for presiding over the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation, forcing thousands of decent families into temporary accommodation and costing the taxpayer £1.
Is he not aware that we are facing a bit of a Housing Crisis at the moment, particularly in London?
There are challenges ahead with the Housing Crisis.
For instance, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' Housing Commission recently proposed that such an institution was necessary to address the Housing Crisis in order to end the, “short-term and partial policies”, that created it.
The only way to solve Our Housing Crisis is to build more housing.
We are in a Housing Crisis.
As the Co-operative Party points out, the Housing Crisis is particularly acute in London, with the added dimension of overseas buyers pushing up the cost of buying and renting.
As well as hearing horror stories about specific cases, the truth is that we are living through the Biggest Housing Crisis of a generation.
He wrote a fantastic article in The Daily Telegraph the other day - I wish the Conservatives would read it - under the headline, “It's mad to blame Our Housing Crisis on ‘blooming foreigners'”.
I need not start by underlining the scale of the Housing Crisis faced by this country, the extent of the need for housing or the grief and hardship that the crisis is visiting on millions of our fellow citizens.
The Labour party has proposed to confiscate that land from developers, but will such compulsion really solve Our Housing Crisis or lead developers to build more places where we want those houses?
Yet today in Britain, as a result of the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation, more and more people are being locked out of home ownership because of rising costs and are instead looking to find their home in the private rented sector.
Yet today in Britain, as a result of the biggest Housing Crisis in a generation, more and more people are being locked out of home ownership because of rising costs and are instead looking to find their home in the private rented sector.
As we know, because my hon. Friend the Member for Mansfield powerfully set out the case, this country faces the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation.
As we know, because my hon. Friend the Member for Mansfield powerfully set out the case, this country faces the biggest Housing Crisis in a generation.
There can be few people in this country today who do not believe that we face a Serious Housing Crisis, which is blighting the lives of a growing proportion of our people.
There can be few people in this country today who do not believe that we face a serious Housing Crisis, which is blighting the lives of a growing proportion of our people.
We shall no doubt be told by the Government that one cannot talk about a Housing Crisis without reference to the economic situation, which they will claim is set to improve.
What have you got to say about solving This Housing Crisis?
We should acknowledge, as have most noble Lords today, that we face the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation because of the long-term failure of successive Governments to build enough housing to meet a growing need.
Not only is the bedroom tax cruel and unfair, but it is exacerbating the Housing Crisis that we face.
Far from tackling overcrowding, the bedroom tax is exacerbating the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation - a housing crisis that the new Minister says does not exist.
I hope that they also get a grip on the Housing Crisis that is affecting families in my constituency and across the country.
While the Government preside over the lowest level of new home building since the 1920s, their answer is to make the Housing Crisis even worse by making it harder for housing providers to meet local housing need by blowing another hole in their budget and destabilising their fragile finances further.
It is an attempt to victimise some of the most vulnerable families and most vulnerable people in our country, and it is making the Housing Crisis worse.
This expensive failure to address the many symptoms of the Housing Crisis is the reason we must repeal the bedroom tax without hesitation.
Given the pitiful rate of housing construction in Scotland presided over by the Scottish Government, Scotland faces a shortfall of 160,000 properties by 2035, but is the Chief Secretary able to point to a single announcement in his statement that would help contribute to alleviating a Housing Crisis across the United Kingdom?
There is a Housing Crisis in London at the moment.
The fact that we face a Housing Crisis is common ground across the House.
We have been through a Difficult Housing Crisis but this is only the second debate on housing that the official Opposition have called, and we had to goad them into calling one of those.
We are facing a Housing Crisis that has been preceded by 30 years of housing neglect due to 18 years of disinvestment under the Conservatives and 13 years of inadequate investment under Labour, simply because there were other priorities at the time, such as education and the health service.
I totally disagree withthe hon. Member for Blyth Valley (Mr Campbell), who is no longer in his place, about villages needing to expand to cope with the Housing Crisis.
If people listened to Government Members, they would not think there was a Housing Crisis in this country - but there is, because there are people who come to my surgery who cannot get a home to live in or who cannot get a home that they need.
There is no one silver bullet, but the report includes several measures which, if the Government implemented them straight away, would help to remove the immediate problems of the Housing Crisis and set us in the right direction.
The answer is not to knock the very good work that has been done, but to accept that there is consensus on tackling Our Real Housing Crisis, and on the fact that by tackling it we can contribute to economic growth and create important jobs and apprenticeships for young people.
What is the Government's approach to the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation?
It is patently clear that the Government are in complete denial about two things: the scale of the Housing Crisis that we face and the scale of their failure to tackle that crisis.
It has become clear to all parties and interests within the housing sector - all forms of tenure and everybody from developers through to tenants - that there is a very serious Crisis in Housing in this country.
This is not an act of nature; it is a positive decision by successive Treasury officials, and one that makes a nonsense of the ability of local authorities to do anything about the Housing Crisis that is facing them in most areas, either on an immediate basis or on a long-term strategic one.
We heard a passionate speech about the Housing Crisis, the catastrophic drop in Government investment in housing and the price-to-income ratio that puts housing totally out of the reach of poorer people.
We have a Massive Housing Crisis in our country.
The House will recall that Winston Churchill set Harold Macmillan the task of building 300,000 houses a year to cope with the Housing Crisis in the 1950s, and he achieved that target within three years.
That we have a Housing Crisis is beyond dispute, with home ownership falling and out of the reach of many, rents at record levels and rising faster than wages, 5 million in the queue for social housing, homelessness rising every year since this Government came to power, families in bed and breakfast accommodation at a 10-year high and rough sleeping up by a third.
The capital has always been a hot spot for housing, but recent policy reforms and cuts in funding by the Government and the Mayor have resulted in Londoners facing a Housing Crisis.
I make no apology for that, because the Housing Crisis in London has a direct impact on my constituents.
I do not pretend that solving London's Housing Crisis is easy, but we must understand the scale of the challenge and act now to do something about it.
Such matters are not only exacerbating the Current Housing Crisis; we are losing for a generation, possibly for all time, the idea that there will be affordable housing in London.
We need more social housing to address the Housing Crisis.
Looking around Westminster Hall, once again we see Labour colleagues - but not, sadly, colleagues from other parties - speaking about the Housing Crisis in London.
To those on either side of the House who think that the solution to the Housing Crisis in London is market-based mechanisms like more supply, I say that we have to start from the basis that the housing market in London is broken.
He is not intervening to get social housing, or to support local authorities like mine, which are desperately trying to build housing to solve the Housing Crisis in London.
There is a Housing Crisis across England, but it is clear that it is particularly acute here in London.
In conclusion, the Government and the Conservative Mayor have not understood the scale of the Housing Crisis that we face, both here in the capital and across England.
Of course no one in this House, on either side, denies that not just in London but most acutely in London this country faces a Housing Crisis.
Why are we not using some of the powers we already have to increase investment in housing to stop the Housing Crisis?
It is much easier and politically expedient to blame immigrants for the Housing Crisis which successive Governments have created by their failure to build homes, particularly in the social sector.
However, the idea that pushing people out of their homes into properties that do not exist is in any way helpful, either in economic terms or for the Housing Crisis, is deeply misguided.
We have heard heartbreaking stories about how the policy is wrecking lives, contributing to a growing Affordable Housing Crisis, and wasting millions.
A great concern is that the Housing Crisis is not a problem that exists in isolation - quite the opposite.
The companies that act as private landlords are reaping the rewards of the Housing Crisis that is afflicting so many people in Britain, and driving growth in the buy-to-let market while stifling the building of the affordable and social homes that so many hard-working people want and need.
Over the years, housing policy in London has been a failure, and there is now a Housing Crisis the like of which I cannot remember in all the time that I have been involved in local politics.
Like my Friend the Member for Holborn and St Pancras, who has the neighbouring constituency, I represent inner London where the Housing Crisis is acute beyond belief.
They will not tackle developers sitting on land, even though they cannot solve the Housing Crisis without that.
The idea that we will solve Our Housing Crisis with 15,000 homes is, frankly, pathetic.
In London and the south-east generally there is a Housing Crisis which has resulted in a shortage of social housing, and private renting is desperately expensive.
Tackling the Housing Crisis is not just about fuelling demand, but building new homes and increasing supply.
Given the Acute Affordable Housing Crisis in Camden, a significant proportion of any new housing must be social housing.
As I think the whole House will acknowledge, that is the result of a Housing Crisis that has come upon us over many years, as successive Governments have failed to build enough homes.
The biggest omission in the Budget is the complete failure to tackle the causes of the Housing Crisis.
Instead, we have had the inevitable re-announcement of the ever-hardy perennial, the prospective garden city in Ebbsfleet, but nothing that will fundamentally solve Our Housing Crisis.
Local government clearly has an important role to play in supporting businesses to grow and create jobs, which of course are also related to tackling Our Housing Crisis.
6% and, of course, the Housing Crisis.
The housing benefit bill is rising to £25 billion because of the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation and soaring rents.
That is the root of the Housing Crisis, in London at least.
Its redevelopment must provide new social housing to tackle the Acute Housing Crisis in Camden, as well as retail and office space.
Given the Housing Crisis facing the country, that is not a welcome prospect.
That impact is made worse by the Housing Crisis affecting millions in our country, including young people who have no prospect of buying a home and who should pay fair rents and not be exploited by rogue landlords and letting agents.
This is what the Queen's Speech should have done: a “make work pay” Bill to reward hard work, a banking Bill to support small businesses, a community Bill to devolve power, an immigration Bill to stop workers being undercut, a consumers Bill to freeze energy bills, a housing Bill to tackle the Housing Crisis and a NHS Bill to make it easier for people to see their GP and to stop privatisation.
The London Housing Crisis exemplifies with brutal clarity the extent to which we have a not only dysfunctional but dangerous housing market, fuelled by policies focused largely on demand that have not impacted sufficiently on supply.
Of course we all welcome Ebbsfleet and the concept of a garden city but Ebbsfleet will produce 15,000 homes, when on all sides it is recognised that the scale of the Housing Crisis we face is measured in terms of hundreds of thousands of homes.
On housing more generally, the country is suffering from the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation: house building is at its lowest peacetime level since the 1920s; affordable home starts are down by a third since the election; and home ownership is falling further and further out of reach for young families.
It has one of the largest council house building programmes in the country, which, ultimately, is the only solution to the Housing Crisis.
That support for the bedroom tax, the disastrous fire sale of the Royal Mail, tax cuts for the rich, a massive cost of living and Housing Crisis, cuts in legal aid, support for new free schools where they are not needed and a failure to tackle child poverty have all taken their toll.
When we debate the Housing Crisis and how this Bill may help resolve it, it is fair enough, but we need to remind ourselves that we are addressing the outcome, not the underlying cause, of the challenge in the first place.
Therefore, we have an intensive job to undertake to evaluate its impact on growth, and to address how it contributes to increasing housing supply and to mitigating the Housing Crisis that we face in this country.
However, it fails to deliver a long-term step-change plan to tackle Our Housing Crisis or to provide a vision for doing so.
If we are serious about tackling the Housing Crisis, we need a major programme of direct capital investment to build sustainable council housing, and the constraints on borrowing faced by local authorities should be lifted, so that councils can better meet demand for new homes.
One of the reasons for the Housing Crisis, including in the private rented sector, is that the last Labour Government did not build council houses; the coalition Government are starting to build them.
It was against the obscene combination of a Housing Crisis on the one hand, with rapidly rising homelessness and Rachmanism, and office block speculation by the likes of Harry Hyam on the other hand.
I never thought that 40 years on we would be debating the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation.
The scale of the Housing Crisis in this country is absolutely immense, but so too is the scale of our ambition.
There are good landlords, and their efforts are tainted by those rogue landlords who are using the Housing Crisis as a way to make a fast buck.
Enormous, unjustified discounts and the failure to replace the stock that was flogged off cheap have a large part to play in Our Current Housing Crisis.
There is still time for Ministers to admit that they have got this badly wrong, and to act on solutions to Our Housing Crisis that would help people trapped in the private rented sector, tackle health inequality and disadvantage, create skilled jobs and, crucially, provide stable tenancies at rents that people really can afford.
Like some of my colleagues who have already spoken, I represent an inner-London constituency, and we are facing the most Acute Housing Crisis that I can remember, both in my time as an MP and before that as a councillor in a neighbouring borough.
We need regulation and a determination that we, as a nation, will solve the Housing Crisis and give all our kids somewhere decent and safe to live.
I do not think that we have heard anything from the Government today to suggest that they understand that This Housing Crisis - and it is a crisis - is a major driver of the cost of living pressure on hard-working families.
Will he now admit that, whether they are in power in Whitehall or in town halls, the Tories simply cannot be trusted to tackle the Housing Crisis?
The Prime Minister will be aware of the Housing Crisis in London, but is he aware of the distinctive contribution of his colleague,the hon. Member for Newbury (Richard Benyon)?
In Devon, Somerset and Cornwall, the Housing Crisis is arguably the worst outside London with house prices in places more than 10 times local wages.
I am delighted that so many noble Lords focused on the Crisis in Affordable Housing in rural areas.
In all logic, given the Housing Crisis in this country, it is bizarre to reduce the permanent housing stock any more.
However, in the Present Housing Crisis, it is very important that any exercise of the right to buy is put in the context of what is available in social housing, and affordable housing generally.
We have called this debate because we are in the midst of the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation.
I recognise that there is a Crisis in Housing.
We need to build 250,000 new homes every year, probably for the next 20 or 30 years, if we are to address the Housing Crisis properly.
I see the reality of the Housing Crisis every day in my constituency.
There is clearly a Housing Crisis facing very many people in this country.
However, I disagree with his assessment of the Housing Crisis and the figures.
We are in the midst of the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation.
We have a Housing Crisis in this country.
We are seeing the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation and we are not building even half the homes we need to keep up with demand.
Even in Sunderland, therefore, we have a Housing Crisis and more people than ever, from all walks of life and all age groups, living in the private rented sector.
We need to get back to that level to overcome the Housing Crisis, particularly the acute shortage of affordable or social housing.
We face the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation.
We face the biggest Housing Crisis in a generation.
The Government acknowledge that the park homes sector plays an important role in the provision of low-cost housing for the elderly, and that it frees up under-occupied homes that are much needed as we face a Housing Crisis.
Given the Housing Crisis we face in this country, the objective should be to encourage sites with planning permission to be built out as soon as possible.
I am glad to have the opportunity to address this Chamber on London's Housing Crisis.
Another crucial element in London's Housing Crisis is super-wealthy, non-domiciled international buyers who want to purchase property in central London.
It has been suggested that one solution to London's Housing Crisis lies in building on the green belt.
We should add to that the Housing Crisis, where we have low-paid workers who are not able to get a foothold on the property ladder and are unable to get into social housing, so they are forced into the private rented sector.
Measures to alleviate the burden on buyers are welcome, but we are experiencing the Worst Housing Crisis for a generation, and we need much more action on housing supply if we are to get our housing market into better shape and help more young people and families to realise their dream of home ownership.
Measures to alleviate the burden on buyers are welcome, but we are experiencing the worst Housing Crisis for a generation, and we need much more action on housing supply if we are to get our housing market into better shape and help more young people and families to realise their dream of home ownership.
A number of measures are needed to deal with the underlying causes of the Housing Crisis and to get the number of homes built that this country needs.
The Bill also includes a number of changes to the planning regime, none of which seem to go anywhere near addressing the Housing Crisis facing Britain today.
Of course none of the measures that we are debating today deals with the main cause of the Biggest Housing Crisis for a generation, which is the lack of supply.
Measures to alleviate the burden on buyers are welcome, but we are experiencing the Worst Housing Crisis for a generation and need much more action on housing supply if we are to get our housing market into better shape and help more young people and families to realise their dream of home ownership.
There has been little discussion with Londoners about the decision to shut virtually every ticket office despite the current Mayor's pledge to keep them open, and there has been even less public debate about how TfL's property might be used to address London's Housing Crisis.
Like all of London, my area suffers a Housing Crisis.
Today, we have a Housing Crisis, an increase in short-term lets and a threat to permanent housing stock.
We are supportive of this approach, because we think it essential that a range of measures be deployed to tackle the Current Housing Crisis.
We are supportive of this approach, because we think it essential that a range of measures be deployed to tackle the current Housing Crisis.
Notwithstanding the figures on house building that the Minister gave at the tail-end of his speech, I place on record our continuing concern that the Government have not done enough to deal with the Biggest Housing Crisis for a generation.
For the money spent investing in housing in that way, the Treasury would benefit from higher-value employment, reducing expenditure on in-work and out-of-work benefits, and the investment would help to ease the UK's Acute Housing Crisis, as the CND so ably demonstrated in its “People not Trident” document.
Another key issue for Government action must be the Housing Crisis.
There are also wider structural causes, such as a lack of affordable housing, the Housing Crisis, extreme poverty, unemployment and worklessness.
The third key failure of recent decades is the failure to regard homebuilding as an overriding national and local infrastructure priority, in the face of an escalating Housing Crisis.
The reverse is true for discretionary services such as planning and development, although the Federation of Master Builders has pointed out the folly of further reduction in planning departments where there is a Housing Crisis that needs addressing.
The Housing Crisis is a staple part of today's political lexicon, but it is crucial to remember and to highlight that the housing crisis that we face is, for many, a qualitative one as well as a quantitative one.
We need a comprehensive and sustainable plan to tackle our Housing Crisis.
We will tackle the Housing Crisis with a commitment to build 200,000 homes a year by 2020.
Surely the coalition Government will not insist on this short-term reaction to the Housing Crisis, which will lead to far fewer accessible homes being built.
A new generation of new towns and garden cities is essential to tackling Our Housing Crisis, and the Government's handling of the development of Ebbsfleet has fallen far short of what is needed to address the problem.
We have a Housing Crisis in this country, and it can be addressed only if many more homes are built than are being built now.
There is nothing about housing in there, yet the single most urgent and chronic need in London is to resolve the Housing Crisis.
That concern is shared by the London Assembly Labour group planning spokesperson, who said: “Given the capital's Acute Housing Crisis, the provision of high levels of affordable housing should be at the forefront of the MDC's aims.
My Lords, I think that the entire House knows that we have a Housing Crisis in that young people cannot afford to buy, there is not enough social housing to rent and the private rented sector is now so expensive that it is fast driving up housing benefit bills, which are paid by the rest of us.
We are keenly aware that we are in the midst of a Housing Crisis, but this is particularly acute in London.
We finally have the welcome step of the setting up of a development corporation, but after five years of confusion and lots of announcements but very little action, I am afraid that many people will have concluded that this Government are not serious about tackling the Housing Crisis.
Given the scale of the Housing Crisis and the evident cross-party support for garden cities, I should like to know what is behind the Government's stops and starts on the Ebbsfleet initiative and on garden cities more generally.
It is indisputable that we are the middle of a Housing Crisis.
I hope to come on to demonstrate to the hon. Gentleman how the Government have intensified the Housing Crisis rather than eased it by bringing about the happy day when we have enough homes.
In London, where the Housing Crisis is at its most severe, the Mayor has, in his London plan, banned Labour councils from insisting on building genuine social homes through section 106 agreements, against the guidance of the planning inspector but with the approval of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
For the sake of the next generation, we need to tackle the Housing Crisis, and the Government's plans are simply not up to the task.
However, the Housing Crisis is fundamentally changing the nature of my constituency.
I will not dwell on the effect on residents, which has been set out clearly at previous stages, but there will be higher rents, antisocial behaviour and less accommodation for people in London at a time when there is a Housing Crisis that affects us across the board, from those seeking social rents to those seeking private rents to those seeking owner occupation.
Building homes would tackle the Housing Crisis, create jobs and boost the economy.
Why did the Chancellor not act to deal with the Housing Crisis by committing to build 200,000 more homes a year by 2020?
In response to the Chancellor's announcement of Help to Buy ISAs, today's edition of Inside Housing states: “David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation dismissed the move ‘as another short-term initiative for first-time buyers, not a Budget to end the Housing Crisis.
That film brought home to many people the extent of the Housing Crisis in the 1960s, but that housing crisis is coming back to haunt many of our communities.
Does my right hon. Friend share my concern that under this Government thousands of homes in London have been sold to overseas investors who leave them empty, while throughout this city there is a growing Housing Crisis and people cannot find a home?
We shall deal with the Housing Crisis only if we have a comprehensive plan.
It is evidence of the Government's lackadaisical attitude to the Housing Crisis - stimulating demand but doing nothing on the supply side, promoting home ownership while offering nothing to the millions of private renters struggling to make ends meet.
We cannot leave it to capitalism red in tooth and claw to deal with the Housing Crisis in Islington.
In my constituency, Conservative control of that borough has created, through callousness and incompetence, the Worst Housing Crisis since the second world war, with families living in overcrowded squalor, and hundreds now in bed and breakfasts, shunted around the country just to find a roof over their heads.
David Orr, the chief executive of the National Housing Federation, has said that this is “not a budget to end the Housing Crisis.
A Housing Crisis could happen to anyone at any time.
Housing in London has got so bad that, in a recent survey, three-quarters of business leaders identified the Housing Crisis as one of the biggest threats to our economic competitiveness.
I have often warned this House that the Housing Crisis is perhaps the greatest economic disaster, as well as social disaster, that we are faced with, compounding dysfunction in all forms of housing tenure, with families with a head of household who is under 40 facing a continuing prospect of inadequate and overexpensive housing.
That is why we have a Housing Crisis: the shortfall is making it more difficult for people to buy, more expensive for people to rent, and has driven increased homelessness.
The Budget came less than two days after a huge rally at Westminster Central Hall, which called for “homes for Britain” and the ending of the Housing Crisis within a generation.
Neither the Conservative manifesto, nor the Queen's Speech contains any answer to the Housing Crisis in inner London, across the south of England and, indeed, across the country.
” The only answer to Our Housing Crisis is to build more homes.
The Housing Crisis is at its most acute in London.
We knocked on every door in my constituency during the election, and I know that we are now facing the Worst Housing Crisis since the second world war.
The National Housing Federation has said that extending the right to buy to housing association tenants, funded by selling off high-value council homes, will deepen the Current Housing Crisis.
This matters because, although we have three types of housing tenure in this country, we have one housing market and one Housing Crisis.
Introducing greater levels of home ownership is a laudable ambition, yet I fear that this measure could significantly undermine efforts to end the Housing Crisis.
The Chartered Institute of Housing believes that extending the right to buy to housing associations will not tackle the Housing Crisis and could make things worse for those on lower incomes already struggling to access a decent home at a price they can afford.
Surely it is blindingly obvious that an important means of tackling the Housing Crisis is to reduce immigration and therefore demand, and it is strange that so few people are prepared to say so.
That we have a Housing Crisis in our country cannot be denied.
This will add nothing at all; it does nothing to deal with the Housing Crisis, either here in London or anywhere else.
Resolving the Housing Crisis needs a big vision and a comprehensive approach.
Thirdly, the Housing Crisis in Brighton, Pavilion is acute.
We have the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation, with home ownership falling and housing benefit bills booming, not least because so many people on low pay and in insecure work are paying high rents and cannot survive without housing benefit.
In Aberdeen, we are in the midst of a Housing Crisis.
The other key test for the new Secretary of State is whether he will set out serious plans and reforms to tackle the Housing Crisis.
I am not entirely sure that I agree with everything my hon. Friend has just said, but I will say this: the real test for any of the housing policies put forward by this Government is whether they ease or deepen the Housing Crisis, and from what we have seen so far, they are failing that test.
We need radical plans and a big vision to solve the Housing Crisis, and this Government, like the one over the past five years, lack that vision.
There have been some successes but they have not in any way solved London's Housing Crisis, and in fact I think that it has got worse.
In coming to the House of Commons, I hope to work hard to represent the people of Manchester, Withington, but I hope to fight for wider progressive causes; to combat climate change, the biggest challenge of our time; to tackle the Housing Crisis that affects so many people in my constituency; to argue for reform of our discredited and ineffective drug laws, and maybe even our discredited and ineffective Prime Minister's Question Time; to fight poverty and defend human rights in this United Kingdom and abroad; and to create a better country - not one where we balance the books at the expense of the most vulnerable, but one where we build a more equal, more tolerant, more compassionate society.
Also, the environmental future of our city must be considered when solving London's Housing Crisis; we should think about sustainability and environmentally friendly projects.
I beg to move, That this House notes that the UK faces an urgent and growing Housing Crisis; believes that the Government should bring forward a comprehensive plan to tackle the housing crisis which sets out concrete steps to build more homes, including badly-needed affordable homes, boost home ownership, improve the private rented sector and reduce homelessness and rough sleeping; and regrets that over the past five years home completions have been at their lowest level in peacetime since the 1920s, that home ownership has fallen to a thirty-year low with a record number of young people living with their parents into their twenties and thirties, that there are 1.
The official Opposition are deeply concerned about the urgent and growing Housing Crisis, which is why we have chosen it for our first Opposition day debate.
The CBI has said the proposal does nothing to “solve the problem” of the Housing Crisis, while the Chartered Institute of Housing said the figures “did not stack up”.
The hon. Lady and the motion talk about us facing a Housing Crisis.
Many people have rightly expressed concerns about whether this will lead to a deepening of the Housing Crisis and perhaps an even greater shortage of council and housing association homes.
Such measures would not only tackle the Housing Crisis, but help our economy to grow.
However, there seems, again, to be a complete absence of Government proposals for addressing the Crisis in Affordable Housing.
The hon. Gentleman's people have been in power for the last five years and they have not got a grip on This Housing Crisis.
The hon. Gentleman's people have been in power for the last five years and they have not got a grip on this Housing Crisis.
What policies is the Minister putting forward to ameliorate the Housing Crisis that people are facing in high-cost inner-London areas?
Unless we bite the bullet and start building affordable homes at scale, we will make limited headway and we just will not address the Housing Crisis.
This is the reality of the Housing Crisis in the nation as a whole, but particularly in London.
In case after case in our surgeries, every one of us surely hears heartbreaking stories arising from the Housing Crisis.
There is nothing short of a Housing Crisis.
In moving the motion, we are asking the Government to bring forward a comprehensive plan to address the Housing Crisis that our country is facing and to do so now.
It is deeply ironic, at best, that the Opposition have called today's debate at all, in order to raise the alarm about the Housing Crisis that they created.
The lack of urgency from the Government on the Housing Crisis leads me to believe that that problem will only get worse.
They touch upon one of the most serious issues that confront our society - Our Housing Crisis -which must engage the action of central government and local authorities.
I am an extremely proud advocate for the sector and I would certainly welcome an opportunity to talk in more detail about how the Government could help housing associations to reach their potential to end the Housing Crisis once and for all.
We must act now - decisively - to relieve the damage and pain of the Housing Crisis and put housing on a road to recovery.
Our Housing Crisis is the result of a range of misaligned incentives, from welfare to planning and cumbersome public sector procurement processes.
Are we not possessed of enough information and advice to deal with This Housing Crisis?
My Lords, how do the Government think that the sale of housing association homes is going to assist with the Housing Crisis?
With the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation and an acute shortage of affordable and social housing, would that the Government's right-to-buy Bill were buried and not brought forward, because it will make that bad situation worse.
Indeed, Scotland is facing its biggest Housing Crisis since the second world war with nearly 180,000 people in Scotland on social housing waiting lists, including 23,000 in Edinburgh alone.
We are also making a massive contribution to house building and tackling the Housing Crisis locally.
A key part of modernising infrastructure is building homes, but we have the Biggest Housing Crisis for a generation.
A key part of modernising infrastructure is building homes, but we have the biggest Housing Crisis for a generation.
When we think of the Housing Crisis, for instance, we have to look only at past immigration policy to see why it has all gone wrong.
To seriously tackle the root causes of the Housing Crisis in this country, we have to go further than reducing these unfair tax breaks by a meagre 10%.
In our first debate in this House since the election I said to the Secretary of State, when debating the Queen's Speech, that tackling the Housing Crisis was a key test for him and his Government.
We welcome some measures - for example, the raising of the rent-a-room relief and the tackling of some of the over-generous tax reliefs for private landlords which help to squeeze out first-time buyers - but they are not going to end the Housing Crisis.
We are facing the Biggest Housing Crisis in a generation.
It should have been about tackling the long-term challenges facing our country - the productivity challenge, the balance of payments deficit, the Housing Crisis, the devolution agenda and so much more.
A lot of what has been said in the Budget seems to assume that markets will take care of the Housing Crisis in this country, but I would turn that contention on its head.
It may not seem broken to the private landlords, the property developers or the rich overseas investors, but for the vast majority of Londoners, the capital is in the grip of an all-too-Real Housing Crisis- and, let us be honest, it is a crisis.
Many people who are involved in housing policy emphasise that if we are to solve the Housing Crisis as well as building more homes, we must tackle the cost and availability of land and the volatility in the market.
There is a Crisis in Housing in our country, particularly in affordable housing - both to buy and to rent.
In a Housing Crisis, the simple question is: why?
We know that there is a Housing Crisis.
He has made scant proposals to remedy the Housing Crisis.
This debate is supposed to be on the housing supply in London, but it would be no exaggeration to say that it is on the Housing Crisis in London, as that is what we now face.
Sir Steve Bullock, the Mayor of Lewisham said, “It is vital that our overall strategy to tackle the Housing Crisis delivers an increase in affordable homes for ordinary Londoners.
It is going to make the Housing Crisis worse, not better.
The litmus test of a one nation party and Government is how we deal with the Housing Crisis.
We have a brain drain from London caused by the Housing Crisis.
That contributes to the Housing Crisis in London.
I share her strong concerns about the urgent and growing Housing Crisis in our capital city.
My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Cormack, would have a case but for the fact that the Government are relying on charitable organisations to deal with the Housing Crisis.
If we lifted the cap, they could build more homes and thereby help address the Terrible Housing Crisis, particularly in London and the south-east?
The Housing Crisis is, indeed, the biggest issue facing London.
A major contribution to tackling the root causes of the Housing Crisis seriously would be to get an even playing field between those attempting to get mortgages to buy, and those attempting to get them to let.
We are in the middle of a Housing Crisis.
Labour would bring down welfare spending not by punishing the most vulnerable but through supporting a higher wage economy, introducing a real £10-an-hour living wage, tackling high rents by addressing the Housing Crisis, and supporting trade unions to ensure fair pay.
Two-and-a-half thousand people emailed me about the Housing Crisis in this country.
As the Minister will be aware, there is a Housing Crisis in London.
The Conservatives cannot seriously believe that the way to deal with the Housing Crisis is to give developers carte blanche to build unaffordable housing, including on green-belt sites, while attacking social housing.
It is a piece of tawdry social engineering that exacerbates the Housing Crisis.
Will he therefore acknowledge that, in the face of an Acute Housing Crisis, Londoners recognise that more devolution needs to be given to the Mayor and the London Assembly so that we can properly tackle that crisis?
The Housing Crisis in London is bad now, but it is only likely to get worse without substantial extra devolution.
London should be given the tools in full to tackle Our Housing Crisis in particular.
Communities facing a Housing Crisis are witnessing the forced sale of desperately needed social housing to comply with the centralised decision for which the Secretary of State is personally responsible.
We are in the midst of a Housing Crisis in both our rural areas and our towns and cities.
I offer the example - I hope to catch your eye on this later, Mrs Main - of the Housing Crisis in London, where an ability to impose higher taxes on empty homes might be one part of the solution to the housing crisis.
We have the most severe Housing Crisis of any part of the UK, the highest cost of living, and the starkest levels of inequality.
My Lords, in the last five years the Government have failed to tackle the Housing Crisis in London: the number of people owning their own home in the capital is now below 50%; the number of private renters has gone up by 800,000; and there are the lowest levels of peacetime housebuilding since the 1920s and a 79% increase in rough sleepers.
At a time when there is a Housing Crisis - and I think that Members in all parts of the House recognise that there is a housing crisis in many parts of the United Kingdom - the Government are proposing an inheritance tax policy that could encourage those in the later years of their lives not to downsize but to trade up, because if they sink enough money into their houses, more of their estates will be tax-free when they die.
We believe that, in conjunction with the freeze in local housing allowance, cuts in social housing rents and a lack of affordable homes, the lower cap also risks exacerbating the Housing Crisis.
Does the Secretary of State accept that the failure of the Government to deal with the Housing Crisis has meant that private rents have reached an all-time high of £803 per month - and more in London - and have continued to rise, with a 20% increase since 2010?
After five years of failure on housing under Conservative Ministers, we desperately needed a Bill to give people who have been hit by the cost of Housing Crisis some hope that things will change.
In truth the scale and cost of the Housing Crisis we face in this country requires every part of the housing sector, from private house builders to housing associations to councils, to do a great deal more, and we need more homes of all types, including social rented homes.
Young people and families on ordinary incomes face a cost-of-Housing Crisis.
The Bill is just part of the story, and no one here pretends that it is the solution to London's Housing Crisis, but it will give many people a chance to own their own home.
There is a Housing Crisis in London, with a growing shortage of affordable homes to buy and rent.
It will not fix London's Housing Crisis; in fact it will make it worse.
I could take Members to some parts of our country, to some great cities, where there is not a Housing Crisis in the way that it is expressed in London.
It does not make a significant attempt to tackle the Housing Crisis or show any signs of being written by anyone who even understands that crisis.
It is a pleasure to follow two south London Members of Parliament, but it is important that the House sends a clear message today that the Housing Crisis we face should not just be seen through the prism of London, but is one that faces the whole of our country.
It will do little to solve the Housing Crisis, and I worry that it will potentially exacerbate community relations.
The Bill is bad for employers, such as the chief executive of our local hospital, struggling to recruit and retain qualified staff because of the Housing Crisis that the Bill will not solve.
He complains about the 32 new planning and housing powers invested in the Secretary of State, but in the same breath he says that we have a Housing Crisis in terms of supply, and that we need to deal with it.
In my opinion, this prescription clearly does nothing to tackle the Housing Crisis.
The need to address the Housing Crisis in this country has never been greater.
The Bill does not address the underlying cause of the Housing Crisis in Grimsby.
We are all agreed in this House that there is a Housing Crisis in London.
Not surprisingly, given the severity of the Housing Crisis in London, we heard from a number of London MPs, including my right hon. Friendthe Member for Tooting (Sadiq Khan), my hon. Friends the Members for Poplar and Limehouse (Jim Fitzpatrick) and for Dulwich and West Norwood (Helen Hayes), my right hon. Friendthe Member for Tottenham (Mr Lammy), and my hon. Friends the Members for Mitcham and Morden (Siobhain McDonagh), for Brentford and Isleworth (Ruth Cadbury), and for Islington South and Finsbury (Emily Thornberry).
This week we have rehearsed the point well that we are in the middle of a Housing Crisis.
In addition to this question, question after question on the Order Paper from the Nats queries the powers of the Scottish Parliament, yet the truth is this: they have missed the A&E waiting time in Scotland for six years; more than 6,000 children leave primary school unable to read properly; children from poor families get a particularly bad deal under devolution; and Scotland faces a Housing Crisis.
I also agree with my hon. Friend the Member for Nottingham North on the case for greater decentralisation from Holyrood to local authorities, because that might enable local authorities in Scotland to tackle the Housing Crisis across the country.
That paper also referred to the Housing Crisis.
It involves the Housing Crisis.
There is no doubt that London has a Housing Crisis, particularly in the affordable housing sector.
That we have a Housing Crisis is not in doubt.
The Government have failed to address the Housing Crisis.
Fourthly, the Government will help address the Housing Crisis in our capital city with a new scheme - London Help to Buy.
As my right hon. Friendthe Member for Wentworth and Dearne (John Healey) said this morning, “if hot air built homes, then conservative ministers would have Our Housing Crisis sorted.
These are the human stories of This Housing Crisis, which has worsened during the past five years.
He talks about a Housing Crisis yet fails to admit who created it.
That was Their Housing Crisis, that was their record, and that is the state of affairs that the right hon. Member for Wentworth and Dearne claims the public should prefer.
There is no doubt that the roots of the Current Housing Crisis stem from the Housing Act 1980 - an Act that Labour contemplated introducing before it lost power - which led to the decimation of housing stock across the UK as a whole, the biggest problem being that those houses were not replaced.
I can understand why London has a Housing Crisis.
The right hon. Member for Wentworth and Dearne (John Healey) opened in his usual way, but, behind his façade of bluster, the only conclusion we can draw from the statistics is that the Labour party left a Housing Crisis in this country.
Whatever measure we take, this Government have failed to deliver the homes we need in the areas where they are needed and at the pace which is required to address a Housing Crisis unprecedented since the second world war.
Next month, hon. Members will be asked to vote on a set of ideologically driven, uncosted and unproven proposals in the Housing and Planning Bill, which is a pitifully poor response to the Biggest Housing Crisis that this country has faced since the second world war.
My city of Cambridge is in the grip of a Housing Crisis, and I have 110 seconds in which to speak.
For five years, the Government have had the chance to tackle This Housing Crisis head on, but they failed.
My hon. Friendthe Member for Birmingham, Yardley (Jess Phillips) made a passionate speech about the human cost of the Housing Crisis, and my hon. Friendthe Member for Sunderland Central (Julie Elliott) also spoke with passion about the shortage of social housing.
The Housing and Planning Bill will lead to a loss of affordable homes to rent and buy, but more than anything it is a missed opportunity to tackle the Housing Crisis head on, to provide greater security, stability and safety to tenants in the private rented sector, to offer a genuine hand-up to those who are trying to get on the property ladder and to build more social housing.
At the moment we suffer from a major Crisis in Housing - in particular, in affordable housing.
In conclusion, my worry is that in 10 years' time, the Housing Crisis will be even worse, with thousands of affordable homes having been sold off, some converted to buy-to-let properties and very few replaced, at the same time as waiting lists for homes soar and homelessness rises.
Doing nothing in the face of This Housing Crisis would be bad enough, but by actively promoting a Bill that will make the crisis worse, the Government are ensuring that their legacy will be scorned by the future generations that the Bill betrays.
” As we argued continually and strongly in Committee, the Bill is a huge waste of an opportunity to get the housing that we so desperately need across all tenures to solve Our Housing Crisis.
In Committee, we attempted to point out very clearly to the Government that we need to build houses across all tenures if we are to address the Housing Crisis.
If there is a Housing Crisis, we need to find radical ways forward to deal with it.
That does need to increase, but it is not too far off the 250,000 homes we need in order to begin to make inroads on the Housing Crisis.
Instead of real problems being tackled, what we are seeing is essentially a power grab by central Government, which will not fix the Housing Crisis.
Is my hon. Friend aware of the concerns about the Housing Crisis as iterated by the London chamber of commerce and industry?
This is a further attack on people on low incomes and, most worryingly of all, will do almost nothing to tackle the Housing Crisis that so many people are facing.
The Bill before us will do nothing to help solve the Housing Crisis facing London.
That shows just how far from reality and out of touch the hon. Member for Richmond Park and this Government are with the Housing Crisis.
It meets the tests that Londoners expect and I urge Members, especially anyone who claims to understand the Housing Crisis in London and who wants to help fix it, to ignore the overblown claims about amendment 112 and instead support my amendment 89.
Together, we must try to address the Housing Crisis.
The solution to the Housing Crisis is not to engage in a race to the bottom on security of tenure, nor to recognise only the aspirations of those who are able to raise a mortgage.
Many of us have said repeatedly that we have a Major Housing Crisis and that not only is the Bill a missed opportunity to take the necessary urgent action, but it will make a bad situation worse.
During the Bill's passage the Prime Minister has been hyperactive with housing announcements; if press releases built homes, he would have had the Housing Crisis sorted by now.
This week the Prime Minister rather belatedly acknowledged there is a Housing Crisis in Britain.
Rather than building more affordable homes, is the Prime Minister not simply branding more homes affordable, which is not a solution to the Housing Crisis?
I thank Conservative Back Benchers for their deep concern about the Housing Crisis in this country.
It is the fulfilment of this Government's contract to continue the progress that we have already made to tackle This Housing Crisis head on.
We are in the midst of a Housing Crisis, with the lowest level of housebuilding since the 1920s.
By concentrating mainly on home ownership and housing numbers, the Bill fails to get to grips with the Real Housing Crisis.
The Bill, rather than providing solutions to the Housing Crisis, exacerbates it.
If councillors are forced to sell off high-value vacant properties, or to find the money to pay the Government an equivalent sum from either the general fund or the housing revenue account, they are likely to be left with less provision for families, and the Housing Crisis will simply go from bad to worse.
On planning, the coalition Government proclaimed a new world with the NPPF, the scrapping of regional spatial strategies, the duty to co-operate, neighbourhood planning and neighbourhood development orders, all done under the banner of localism- and, of course, the new homes bonus to solve Our Housing Crisis.
I congratulate the Government on attempting to grip Our Housing Crisis, both through this Bill and other measures.
We are all too aware of the Housing Crisis we find ourselves in, and which this Bill is trying to address.
My Lords, the Housing Crisis, our badly stretched planning capacity and the desperate plight of the small minority repeatedly deprived of legitimate housing show that the Government are right to look for a new approach.
We all speak of a Housing Crisis, particularly in London.
We are facing a Housing Crisis and legislation is certainly needed to help resolve it.
This goal is more important than ever because, as many noble Lords have mentioned, we suffer a Housing Crisis in this country.
It will do nothing to alleviate the Housing Crisis.
That would contribute something to the economy but it would present a difficulty when there is a Real Housing Crisis.
For more than 10 years I have lambasted successive Governments about the depth of the Housing Crisis every time we have had a housing debate in this House.
First, the Bill will not solve the UK's Housing Crisis.
The National Housing Federation has said: “With a nation in the throes of a Housing Crisis, it is key that housing associations are in full control of the assets against which they borrow to build homes.
My city of Cambridge is a high-cost area in the grip of a Housing Crisis.
There is an acute problem as regards the Housing Crisis and people sleeping rough on our streets; we are seeking to address it, but we must work hand in glove with local authorities.
York desperately needs family and social housing, yet the council plans to build predominantly high-value units on the 72 hectare “York Central” brownfield site, which will go no way to addressing Our Housing Crisis.
Housing is fundamental to our liberty and it is the entry point to a civilised society, yet despite being one of the world's richest countries, we have a Housing Crisis in Britain that stunts freedom and crushes aspiration for many millions of people who want nothing more than to have a decent, secure and affordable place to live.
Given that this will be counterproductive in terms of the attempt to tackle the Housing Crisis, it can only be ideological.
Councils are not the whole answer to the Housing Crisis, but they are part of the solution, as are starter homes.
Demand and supply are at the heart of Our Housing Crisis.
It seems to be virtually a weekly occurrence now, and I am glad about that, because the Housing Crisis is one of the greatest challenges that has faced our country in recent times.
At the core of the Housing Crisis is a fact that has already been touched on.
Does the hon. Lady agree that this would be an innovative way of tackling the Housing Crisis across the city?
A lot has been written about the Housing Crisis, and we often trade statistics on the subject, but this is a crisis not only for the homeless or for those living in overcrowded slums; it is a crisis for all of us and for all our constituents.
My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has acknowledged that this country has a Housing Crisis, but that crisis is down to successive Governments' chronic lack of investment in the housing that we need.
Building on those sites with the 17,000 permissions would go a long way towards helping to deal with Our Housing Crisis.
We have talked for many years, emotively perhaps, about a Housing Crisis, but now is the right time to do so, because that housing crisis exists.
The NHF has stated: “All it would take to deal with the Acute Housing Crisis in rural areas is a handful of high quality, affordable new homes in our villages or market towns.
During debates on important subjects - albeit on an Opposition day - it is important to acknowledge the gravity of the challenge that we face as a nation in addressing the Housing Crisis.
My final point is that the planning system is not set up to deliver the solution to the Housing Crisis.
Until the Government accept that and stop hiding behind the dangerous gimmick of the right to buy, it will leave many sections of our society with no way out of This Housing Crisis.
In York, 1,624 people are desperate for a home, so I want to reflect on the Housing Crisis there, some of the challenges and some of the fortunes we could turn around.
What is happening to our public services and to businesses in our city is impacted on by Our Housing Crisis.
When the Conservative coalition came into office in 2010, we inherited a Housing Crisis, and let us not forget that it continues today in Eastleigh because of the Liberal Democrats.
When is the Prime Minister going to realise there is a Housing Crisis in Britain?
There is clearly a Housing Crisis in this country, so the Committee wanted to look in greater detail at one of the Government's key policies: extending the right to buy to tenants of housing associations.
My Lords, is the Minister aware that, on the Government's own estimate, household formation is increasing by 200,000 every year, and that 137,000 starts in 2015 do not even meet that requirement, never mind dealing with the Current Housing Crisis, which will require around 300,000 homes to be built over the next few years?
This Government have a Housing Crisis, and that is what they should be addressing.
The loss of that specialism at a time when the Housing Crisis is growing in London, the number of evictions in the private rented sector is growing and the Government are reducing the security of tenure of residents in social housing would, in my view, be a terrible shame.
There has been increasing interest in shared ownership as one way in which the Housing Crisis can be tackled.
I simply do not think that the focus on starter homes in the Bill provides the solution that we need to the Housing Crisis in this country.
A mix of market and rented housing is required and starter homes should not be seen as the panacea to solving the Housing Crisis”.
We are in the midst of a Housing Crisis and these proposals on their own do not go any way to solving the crisis.
So we need to be much clearer about this because, since household formation on the Government's own figures is increasing by 200,000 a year, we are not going to be solving the Housing Crisis by the end of this Parliament.
None of those lobbying believes that this policy will help to solve the Housing Crisis the country is currently undergoing.
In previous sittings of the Committee, my noble friend Lord Horam said that what we always need to remember in this debate is that this is a Housing Crisis caused by lack of supply, and it is through that lens I am thinking of how custom and self-build could contribute to solving that problem.
My Lords, the Government's attempt to solve the Current Housing Crisis needs, at the same time, to address the issue of what types of homes are built.
However, I believe that both concepts pose more problems than solutions to the Housing Crisis.
The noble Lord, Lord Carrington of Fulham, was right when he spoke about the Housing Crisis in London.
We have all talked about the Housing Crisis in many debates in this House, particularly during the course of the Bill.
There is a Housing Crisis, with unrelenting house price inflation at a time of escalating student debt: hundreds of thousands of young people will never be able to afford a home because of student debt overhanging their early years.
He said he would build his way out of Our Housing Crisis, but we have seen new house building fall to its lowest level since the 1920s.
This will go a long way to meeting London's Housing Crisis, but we must make sure that it does not fuel a deepening school places crisis locally.
I know we are in the middle of a Housing Crisis, but this is overkill.
The truth is that there was little in the Budget on housing, and nothing that will deal with the causes of the Housing Crisis, so six years of failure is set to stretch to 10.
He also claims to be helping tenants by cutting 1% of social rent for those in housing association accommodation, but he is ignoring altogether the rise in private rents, which is contributing to the Housing Crisis in England.
It is evident to just about everybody outwith those on the Government Benches that the solution to the Housing Crisis is not starter homes starting at of £450,000.
All this is happening at a time when we are facing a Housing Crisis in this country.
There is little chance, for example, of really tackling the Housing Crisis in London if the Mayor and Assembly cannot match the tax regime around housing to help meet Londoners' needs.
The article says: “Tony Pidgley has said the government needs to impose a fixed level of ‘affordable' housing on every development if it wants to tackle the Housing Crisis.
It was prompted by the situation in which we find ourselves - a country with a Major Housing Crisis - looking back to those times when it was recognised that we needed to build on a large scale if we were going to make inroads into the housing crisis.
In debates on housing, we have heard occasionally from the noble Lord on the Liberal Democrat Benches about the different perspective of Pendle in the north-west, but broadly speaking it is recognised that there is a real Crisis in Housing throughout almost all the country.
That is because the Housing Crisis is different in different communities.
I do not think there has ever been any dispute over the need to increase the number of homes built to meet This Housing Crisis.
The Local Government Association believes we will only see a genuine end to Our Housing Crisis if we are able to get on with the job”.
It is clear that this country needs a massive programme of capital investment in new affordable homes to rent and buy - nothing less will do if we are to tackle the growing Housing Crisis.
I thank the hon. Gentleman for his comments, but I think he will agree that the key issue in addressing the Housing Crisis is the rapid building of new homes and the strategy to deliver that effectively.
We advocate capital investment in mass house building because we have a Housing Crisis in this country that has got much, much worse in the past six years.
We will not address the Housing Crisis by penalising the vulnerable or by cutting funding for supported and specialist housing.
If there is a different way of assisting tenants - and my goodness, this House is spending a lot of time talking about the Housing Crisis at the moment - and makingthe whole process that much easier, avoiding the concerns about discrimination that we have debated in this context at some length, then I urge him to do that.
This new, reinvigorated right to buy will certainly help housing associations to retain their independence, and will, I am sure, bring about a new era for building and bring an end to the Housing Crisis.
By then, it should be possible to ascertain exactly how many new homes have been produced, the state of the affordable rented sector, and what measures will be needed to redress any gaps in the market or enhancements needed to fulfil the Government's aim of addressing the Current Housing Crisis.
We are facing what has rightly been called a Housing Crisis, and homelessness is the sharp end of this crisis.
In the case of London, for example, where the Housing Crisis is most acute, 100,000 properties have been bought by secret offshore companies, pushing prices up for ordinary Londoners, who cannot get access in the way that they need to.
Is it not true that home ownership is in freefall because of the Housing Crisis, with young people who are aspiring to own being the hardest hit?
As my noble friend and the noble Lord have said, the whole justification for the policy was that we faced a Housing Crisis of such proportions that a new fast-track approach to commandeering brownfield sites needed to be introduced through permission in principle.
As I have said, if the bottlenecks in the current finance and land-banking arrangements were to be addressed, as the Select Committee on the future of the built environment suggested, and if local authorities were encouraged to plan properly for age-related demography and needs and could build up their capacity to deal with the planning choices more fluently and expertly - we will come on to that in a later amendment - we would be able to deal more successfully with the Housing Crisis we face.
Noble Lords will be aware that I chaired a commission on the Housing Crisis - I think it is a crisis - in London, which looked at issues of how supply in London might be doubled over five years and then held there.
My Lords, to support the growth of the co-operative housing sector, what plans do the Government have to legislate to create co-operative housing as a tenure in its own right and what plans do they have to make it easier for land to be made available to build co-operative housing to deal with the Housing Crisis and provide much needed affordable housing?
We all agree there is a Housing Crisis, but any attempt by the Government to deal with it must ensure that homes are built to a high-quality standard and meet the challenges that we are all aware of rather than ignore or fail to address them.
The Government is therefore right to remove the unnecessary zero carbon standards which threatened to perpetuate the Housing Crisis … There has been an increasing feeling that the standards were in danger of running ahead of the industry's understanding and ability to deliver”.
We are in the midst of a Housing Crisis and there is no good reason that this land just sits there.
I think that was because these figures reveal the Crisis in Housing.
We are all concerned about the Housing Crisis and that it is dealt with.
We have a Housing Crisis.
We have proposals from all the candidates in the London mayoral election; wider than that, we have the parties competing on the concept that we need to tackle our chronic Housing Crisis by more building.
We believe that this Bill will make the Housing Crisis in London even worse.
I have to say that I oppose those proposals, because they include only 14% affordable housing, even though London has a Housing Crisis.
Doubts about the Bill matter, but even more important are the deeper doubts - on all fronts and with good reason - about whether the Conservative party is competent to fix Our Housing Crisis.
Leaving that aside, she would be in a much stronger position were she to concede that a significant number of local planning authorities have not brought forward local district plans or county structure plans in a timely and appropriate fashion, and so the Government are forced to take action to tackle the Housing Crisis to which she refers.
As the whole housing world has acknowledged, the Bill does little to solve Our Housing Crisis, yet will make things a whole lot worse for the supply of genuinely affordable housing.
It may be of interest that Londoners will be voting on Thursday in what is almost a referendum on the Housing Crisis in London.
Having heard the Government response, what remains is an ideological commitment to the undermining of social and genuinely affordable housing, which flies in the face of evidence from across the housing sector; and a package of measures that will fail to deliver for my constituents and for people across the country the solutions to the Housing Crisis that they so desperately need.
It will show that not only the Transport for London land that was mentioned earlier by my hon. Friendthe Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) but other public land will be publicly available to enable the next Mayor - who we hope will be my hon. Friendthe Member for Richmond Park (Zac Goldsmith) - to deal with the Housing Crisis.
It said that that policy “threatened to perpetuate the Housing Crisis.
Fundamentally, the planning aspects of the Housing and Planning Bill miss the opportunity to set out a positive vision for planning, to engage and involve communities in solving the Housing Crisis, to strengthen our plan-led system, which is highly valued and highly regarded across the world, and to give communities and homebuilders the certainty they need as we face an unprecedented need to build new homes in this country.
The Housing Crisis is getting worse, not better.
As we have heard many times, we are in the midst of a Housing Crisis.
Why can the Prime Minister not follow the example set by the Welsh Labour Government by placing a legal duty and responsibility on councils help people during a Housing Crisis?
of headteachers are over 50 and approaching retirement, and the impact of the Housing Crisis on younger teachers is devastating.
The Housing Crisis means that too many children have to move home and move school, which has a devastating impact on their attainment.
Alongside all the issues that have been mentioned, there is the real issue of churn in our communities, because of the Major Housing Crisis affecting the city.
Alongside all the issues that have been mentioned, there is the real issue of churn in our communities, because of the major Housing Crisis affecting the city.
After a string of concessions and 18 defeats, some of its harshest aspects have now been amended, but it still presents a missed opportunity to solve the Housing Crisis.
” There is a Housing Crisis.
That is an ideological position, and it will deepen the Housing Crisis and be the shame of this Government.
In the case of London, where we know that there is an Acute Housing Crisis, this agreement must result in the delivery of at least two more affordable homes for each high-value vacant dwelling that is taken into account under the determination.
Last week, London elected a new Mayor withan overwhelming mandate to tackle London's Housing Crisis.
If we are serious about fixing the Housing Crisis and if the Government are serious about encouraging people on to the housing ladder, they must consider all forms of tenure.
They are ideologically committed to a Bill that will make the Housing Crisis worse than it already is.
My constituency is facing a Massive Housing Crisis, and another 10% rise in private sector rent is expected within a year.
My constituency is facing a massive Housing Crisis, and another 10% rise in private sector rent is expected within a year.
It is obvious that the only way to ease the Housing Crisis is to build more homes - not just homes for sale, but homes for rent at affordable prices.
Selling off the most expensive properties in Tower Hamlets will not help Our Housing Crisis, because it is the bigger homes that will be sold off and that will affect larger families.
” This is a Government who worry more about political message than policy substance, and who are more concerned to fix headlines than the Housing Crisis, the elderly care crisis, the crisis in wages for working people, or the crisis of low investment, productivity, skills and exports.
At the moment, our economy is in great shape in terms of jobs, but on almost any other indicator - productivity, balance of payments, the Housing Crisis, investment in infrastructure, and the national debt, which has risen by two-thirds in the past six years - the economy already has red lights flashing, as almost every economist has said.
I hoped that there would be something to address the ever-growing Housing Crisis in this country.
The programme does not even attempt to tackle the country's many challenges, which include: a growing Housing Crisis with a need for many more social, intermediate and affordable homes; an ageing population and health inequalities; a skills deficit and productivity gap that contribute to chronic low growth; and an air pollution crisis in our capital and, as I understand it, elsewhere.
The Government know that they are nowhere near meeting their ambition of building a million new homes, and the neighbourhood planning and infrastructure Bill offers no real solutions to the Housing Crisis.
I understand the Housing Crisis.
They are the tip of the Housing Crisis iceberg.
They think £450,000 for a starter home is affordable, and they are doing nothing effective to solve the Housing Crisis or the problem of soaring rents.
Just across the river from Parliament stands a newly built tower full of luxury apartments kept empty by foreign investors, while on the streets below there is a Housing Crisis.
How will the Government policy to subsidise starter homes address the Affordable Housing Crisis for low and middle-income earners - cleaners, social workers, teachers, middle managers, nurses - given that it is estimated that, in London, one needs a household income of £97,000 and a deposit of £20,000 to afford an average starter home?
In the past week my local newspaper, Cambridge News, has run a series of articles about the impact of the Housing Crisis in a high-cost city such as Cambridge.
We have debated many aspects of the Housing Crisis in this Chamber, and I recognise many faces from those debates.
To say there is a Housing Crisis in London has become a cliché, but it is more than that for our constituents who want to be able to stay in London and to afford a roof over their heads.
Having spoken to the directors, it has become evident that the Housing Crisis is affecting their business and their ability to recruit and retain staff.
It is, though, investors from middle east countries who are propping up London's Housing Crisis.
It has the whiff of groundhog day about it as we regularly meet to discuss aspects of London's Housing Crisis, but it is important to do so, and I very much congratulate my hon. Friendthe Member for Brentford and Isleworth (Ruth Cadbury) on securing the debate.
We had many opportunities to discuss the measures and our concerns fell on deaf ears, but they are a poisonous cocktail and will only intensify London's Housing Crisis.
There is ample testimony from London First, the CBI and many other organisations that the Housing Crisis is making it hard to recruit, and undermining the effectiveness of London's economy.
Good luck to them, if that is what the Government want to do, but bad luck to everyone else who either cannot afford that or finds they are at the sharp end of the Housing Crisis.
Every time the Library updates its briefings on London's Housing Crisis, the statistics get more and more shocking.
I am an outer-London MP and I am contacted by constituents day in, day out about the Housing Crisis in our city - whether that is by parents with childrenin their 30s who are still living at home or by young families in their third private rented flat in three years.
These amendments raise an important point, which is that homelessness and the Housing Crisis is resulting in people and families being housed in temporary accommodation, many miles away from where they normally reside.
The vote was symbolic of a rejection of British multiculturalism; concerns about pressures on our schools, hospitals and GP surgeries; the Housing Crisis; the banking crisis; insecurities about employment; and the decline of our traditional industries.
I contend that to tackle poverty we need to solve the Housing Crisis.
With an ever-growing Housing Crisis in this city, when are the Government going to take action and learn lessons from the different approaches taken by the devolved nations?
We were both elected in 2010, we are both London MPs, and we have probably both seen our postbag grow with the Housing Crisis in London.