‘Government is getting Britain building’ – Ilkley MP

Wharfedale Observer: Housing Minister Kris Hopkins, MP for Keighley and Ilkley Housing Minister Kris Hopkins, MP for Keighley and Ilkley

New figures show that government action is getting Britain building again, Ilkley MP and Housing Minister Kris Hopkins said last week.

Latest statistics reveal that the last three months have seen the fastest rate of housebuilding since the crash in 2008.

Mr Hopkins said the housing market inherited in 2010 was a “smoking ruin,” but the right policies, including prioritising limited financial resources, are returning it to health.

He said the figures were the latest evidence that solid progress was being made across the housing market as a whole, including:

  • Faster housebuilding – housing starts over the last 12 months increased by 16 per cent compared with the year before, rising from 101,280 to 117,110, and the 32,230 homes started between July and September this year represent the fastest rate of housebuilding since 2008.
  • Building new homes to match demand – over 18,000 reservations have been made through Help to Buy: Equity Loan. At the same time 2,000 households received offers through Help to Buy: Mortgage Guarantee in the first month.
  • Since 2011, the government has been helping almost 50,000 households onto the housing ladder: over 36,000 through Help to Buy and earlier schemes, and over 13,400 social tenants through the Right to Buy.
  • More affordable housing – 98,700 affordable homes have been delivered through the affordable homes programme since it started in 2011, which is more than half way towards delivering 170,000 new affordable homes by 2015.

Mr Hopkins, said: “This government inherited the biggest budget deficit in our peacetime history and house building rates that had crashed to their lowest levels since the 1920s.

“We’ve taken the tough decisions to tackle the deficit, keeping interest rates and repossessions down, and introduced a series of initiatives to help build more affordable homes and give hard-working people a helping hand up the housing ladder. Today’s figures show we’re building at the fastest rate since the crash in 2008, more people are securing a place on the housing ladder, and we’re delivering tens of thousands of affordable homes across the whole country.

“But there’s still more to do, and improving the housing market will remain a top priority.

“That means getting builders back on site, delivering new housing, more jobs and ensuring every hard working family has a place they can call home.”

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4:07pm Tue 3 Dec 13

pjl20 says...

As Kris Hopkins MP has said in a written answer, in his position as Minister for Housing at the DCLG. It is not possible to produce a list and to be able to analyse the number of new house building start-ups by a constituency. So we are unable to easily consider whether the government-backed mortgage scheme for first-time buyers has been working in Keighley & Ilkley. Although anecdotal evidence would say that is has not worked.

The Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney, has recommended to the Chancellor that the mortgage scheme be abandoned as a 'housing price bubble' has been see to be emerging in the London and S-E area of Britain. A figure of +6.5% inflation has been mentioned.

However, no such inflation has been observed in Yorkshire, to my own knowledge.

I know that Mr Hopkins maintains that the Coalition government inherited the deepest peacetime deficit in history together with the lowest number of new house building start-ups since the 1920s.

But, without a thorough and comprehensive analysis of new house building across the twelve regions of Britain how van his department know what is happening across the nation as a whole?

Surely we need at least 200,000 new homes built every year?

I am sure that Mr Hopkins is sincere in his wish to improve the new home housing market. But how does halting the state-backed mortgage scheme help in this objective. Is this not a 'chicken and egg' dilemma?

Without a demand for new houses from those who can afford them, won't the new build programme stall for houses?

Paul Latham
PPC Keighley & Ilkley Constituency
UK Independence Party
As Kris Hopkins MP has said in a written answer, in his position as Minister for Housing at the DCLG. It is not possible to produce a list and to be able to analyse the number of new house building start-ups by a constituency. So we are unable to easily consider whether the government-backed mortgage scheme for first-time buyers has been working in Keighley & Ilkley. Although anecdotal evidence would say that is has not worked. The Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney, has recommended to the Chancellor that the mortgage scheme be abandoned as a 'housing price bubble' has been see to be emerging in the London and S-E area of Britain. A figure of +6.5% inflation has been mentioned. However, no such inflation has been observed in Yorkshire, to my own knowledge. I know that Mr Hopkins maintains that the Coalition government inherited the deepest peacetime deficit in history together with the lowest number of new house building start-ups since the 1920s. But, without a thorough and comprehensive analysis of new house building across the twelve regions of Britain how van his department know what is happening across the nation as a whole? Surely we need at least 200,000 new homes built every year? I am sure that Mr Hopkins is sincere in his wish to improve the new home housing market. But how does halting the state-backed mortgage scheme help in this objective. Is this not a 'chicken and egg' dilemma? Without a demand for new houses from those who can afford them, won't the new build programme stall for houses? Paul Latham PPC Keighley & Ilkley Constituency UK Independence Party pjl20

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