@MrMo - Don't doubt we are short of houses but is that the best solution for economic growth?
Short term income until building works are complete then back to benefit, is that a solution or just papering over cracks? No guarantee that those employed will currently be on benefit so would this just be filling in a spending hole?
Rental is ok if the people have the money to pay, otherwise doesn't it just add to housing benefit bill.
Mortgage is debt, rent is a cost of living, if you fail to pay the rent you may be evicted, if you don't pay the mortgage they repossess and if the house sale does not cover the bill you still owe the money - deep poo!
Matching supply and demand could either create a boom and slump as the initial demand is met or, if we spread it over a number of years then will it be sufficient to kick start the entire economy?
Agreed - if you stay in the house no probs but see point above, if you become out of work and are in negative equity - deeo poo!
Re geography of housing - agreed, but the current flow is North to South (in the main IHN is one exception!) it's why I thought proper investment in manufacturing etc would be better as there is also a source of labour/industrial land/need for jobs in the areas with the housing.
Problem is the government doesn't actually want to solve the problem, not in their interests, but they have to appear to care.
Yep, but this was also Balls only gambit in the Gurniad. Don't think it's party political, they all seem bereft of ideas.
@Kimbers - if they cannot currently afford a house is engineering a way of getting them into significant debt a good idea? Would more council built and owned housing be a better answer (but managed a little more sensibly than many are/were)
@pleaderwilliams - the only word used on the radio and in the online Gurniad was Affordable - I agree proper council housing, for rent and properly managed does sound like a logical solution.
But is house building it, is that all we have?
Feeling disillusioned now so off to play last match of the season and take it out on the opposition.