Tuesday was an opportunity for the government to affirm housing’s role in a prosperous society. It came up short, writes Geeta Nanda.
Tuesday’s King’s Speech spoke volumes about the current government’s direction of travel on housing as well as housing’s place in our political discourse.
While there were some welcome moves to improve the leasehold system and improve conditions for private renters, there was not one single mention of the housing crisis nor steps the government intends to take to tackle it.
When I attended the Conservative Party Conference in early-October, the agenda was packed with fringe events about housing with many of these events standing room only. As a multitude of views, and potential solutions flew around the rooms, there was a consensus that the housing crisis is one of the greatest challenges of our times and bold action is required if we are to overcome it.
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