Radical action needed now to deliver homes
If political promises could resolve our crisis in housing and homelessness, that crisis would long ago have been resolved. But it is too easy to condemn a whole raft of initiatives now under way. We must maintain pressure for action, but also exercise some forbearance.
Today, in this newspaper, Junior Housing Minister Damien English argues that measures to provide more homes will succeed. He uses the example of successful Government efforts to cut unemployment from a high of 15pc just five years ago to the current level just above 6pc.
Mr English, who is increasingly being used by the Government to defend its response to the crisis, has also outlined a number of measures that deserve support. First is the use of compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) to acquire vacant and derelict houses.