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Date published: 2005/01/24

The ODPM (John Prescott) says:

More people on low and middle incomes will be able to step onto the home ownership ladder over the next five years, thanks to a programme of opportunities announced by the Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott today.

Homes for All, the ODPM's Five Year Plan, includes a wide range of measures to extend opportunities for home ownership, including:

At the same time, Mr Prescott announced plans to deliver housing growth responsibly in the South, and as well:

He set out plans to extend quality and choice for people renting their homes:

And the Deputy Prime Minister set out further plans to provide more support for people with particular housing needs through:

Launching the package, Mr Prescott said the proposals offered opportunity, choice and fairness in housing, across the country.

"Tackling the nation's chronic housing needs and giving people more choice is not just about them gaining a roof over their head, it's about giving people a stronger financial future and ensuring greater social justice.

"We are offering the most comprehensive, fair and flexible policies ever to deliver sustainable homeownership. It means more first time buyers, more people in social housing and more key workers like nurses and teachers being able to get on to the housing ladder."

Later this month a partner document, People, Places and Prosperity, will set out a five year plan of action for revitalising communities, invigorating local democracy and strengthen accountability from neighbourhoods to regions.

Well the "chronic housing need" is something Labour has done nothing to make better and everything to make worse since it came to power. Quite simply, not enough homes have been built where they are needed. "Protecting the environment" and "sustainable buildings" are jargon which means forcing people to live in high-density slums, with no access to cars. 10000 extra social homes a year is a drop in the ocean. All people should have a "decent home", not just "social tenants and seven out of 10 vulnerable people in the private sector".

First-time buyers and "local people" and "key workers" are not the only people in the UK suffering from the crazy house prices. Everybody is suffering, and subsidising certain politically correct groups is not "social justice" but socially divisive. ("Key workers" is a particularly ludicrous phrase. It means "people who work for the government". People who work in food stores and banks are much more "key" than teachers. But in fact labelling any particular category of worker as "key" is obnoxious beyond belief.)

Instead of building better homes than the current average, the government is intent on building worse homes. This mistake was already made in the 1960s and should not be repeated.

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