More than a million families in England stuck on waiting lists for social housing
Over a million families in England were stuck on waiting lists for social housing last year and a quarter of those have been waiting for more than five years. The government says it IS tackling the problem, committing 9 billion pounds to build more affordable homes. But the housing charity Shelter, which compiled the figures,…
FactCheck: Are young people being priced out of living where they grow up?
The claim “In many parts of our country it has become normal for young people to leave, though not out of choice. This might be to find work, but more and more, it is to find a home that they can afford.” Greg Clark, Communities Secretary, 2 July 2015 The background Are young people being…
FactCheck: Ken v Boris on affordable housing
As the bitter battle for London’s City Hall rumbles on, Ken Livingstone threw in an old claim about affordable housing. But was it a good one? Team Boris didn’t think so. Pinging an email through to FactCheck, Boris’ camp labelled Mr Livingstone’s statement as a “false claim”. They added: “The London Development Database reports that there were actually 2,240 affordable starts over the same six month figures (April and September 2011)”. Who’s right? FactCheck homes in.
Robbing Waltham Forest to pay Waverley? The New Homes Bonus, brick by brick
FactCheck has taken ministers to task before on local government funding. Are they robbing from the poor again in an effort to curb the housing crisis?