Kris Hopkins responds to housing criticism

Kris Hopkins

Kris Hopkins

First published in News

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins has denied that his Government has sunk house building to the “lowest levels in peacetime since the 1920s”.

Labour staged a Commons debate to highlight how the Government had “refused to take the action needed” to tackle a gathering crisis.

It said only one-third of the new houses that Yorkshire badly needs were built in 2012/13 – a shortfall of almost 14,000 homes. But Mr Hopkins, the Keighley MP, accused Labour of “taking the livelihoods of 250,000 construction workers”, during the recession. The Conservative Minister added: “Even in the boom years they failed to deliver the housing that was required.

“The total build dropped to the lowest numbers in a hundred years. They promoted eco towns – ten of them in total – and not one appeared. Under this Government, come 2015 there will be more social housing and we can be extremely proud of that.”

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