MP highlights Government’s commitment to building homes for social rent
Andrew Bridgen highlights the contrast in numbers of homes for social rent - during the previous Government’s time in office there was a reduction of 421,000, in contrast 170,000 will be built over the next three years.
Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con): Has the Minister had a response from the UK Statistics Authority to the letter from the shadow Housing Minister, the hon. Member for Birmingham, Erdington (Jack Dromey), about net losses in social housing?
Grant Shapps: Yes, I can report to my hon. Friend and the House that I have had a response from the UKSA. The hon. Member for Birmingham, Erdington (Jack Dromey) pleaded in his letter for an answer on whether I was right to say that the reduction in affordable homes for rent under Labour was 45,000 or 200,000. I am pleased to say that the UKSA wrote back to both him and me and confirmed that the figures showed an overall reduction of 421,000 homes for social rent during Labour’s time in office—a disgrace, and in stark contrast to the 170,000 that we will be building over the next three years alone.