In a report revealed as we speak, the Public Accounts Committee stated the Authorities had wasted time and assets on housing insurance policies whereas ministers come and go together with “alarming frequency”.
It comes after successive governments didn’t ship the 200,000 discounted Starter Houses promised to first-time patrons in 2015, in response to the report.
Committee chair Meg Hillier stated: “The Division for ‘Housing’ is vulnerable to shedding the fitting to the title.
“It has serially, continually didn’t ship inexpensive new houses and even make a severe try to execute its personal housing insurance policies or obtain targets earlier than they’re ditched, unannounced – prices sunk and outcomes unknown.”
She stated the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Native Authorities (MHCLG) must ditch the “false guarantees” and set out clear plans backed by a practical prospect of supply.
Ms Hillier, a former Labour minister, added: “It additionally must ditch what’s changing into an indicator lack of transparency, whether it is to have any hope of rebuilding confidence amongst future tenants and house owners that the respectable, protected, inexpensive houses they need and wish will ever be constructed.”
The report stated: “This cycle of coverage invention, abandonment and reinvention, stringing expectant younger individuals alongside for years, and losing time and assets on insurance policies that come to nothing as ministers come and go together with alarming frequency, is deplorable.”
An MHCLG spokesperson rejected the report, saying it was “deceptive” and ignored the information.
The committee stated it has reported often on housing supply since 2015 however not one of many promised housing programmes had delivered its targets.
They identified Starter Houses formally led to 2020 after some 85,000 individuals had registered their curiosity solely to listen to that they’d been ready in useless. In the meantime MHCLG is now introducing a brand new coverage with comparable goals, First Houses, however is unable to say when they are going to be accessible for first-time patrons to buy.
Councillor David Renard, the Native Authorities Affiliation’s housing spokesperson, stated: “To sort out the housing disaster and construct the houses the nation wants, the Authorities should hand councils the powers to construct new houses at a scale not seen because the Seventies when native authorities constructed 40 per cent of recent houses. There’s a determined have to reverse the decline in council housing over the previous few a long time.”
An MHCLG spokesperson stated: “These false claims ignore the information. They’re deceptive and we reject them – since 2010 over 663,000 households have been helped into residence possession by authorities schemes.
“Final 12 months alone we delivered 1 / 4 of one million new houses, the best quantity in over three a long time.
“We’re additionally investing over £12 billion in inexpensive housing over the subsequent 5 years – the most important funding in a decade – and our new First Houses scheme will assist native individuals and key staff purchase their very own residence, within the space they already stay, at a reduction of 30 per cent.”