Council House Building Programme announced by Teresa May

In her leader’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference, Teresa May announced that Local Authorities will be given the power to commence building new council house stock.

BBC coverage quoted May as saying:

Hailing plans to “reignite home ownership” in Britain, she said the government plans to invest an additional £2bn in affordable housing, taking the total budget up to almost £9bn.

If ministers made the land available and gave young people the skills to build the houses, she challenged house builders to ensure they “build the homes our country needs”.

The BBC’s assistant political editor Norman Smith said the focus on council housing underlines Mrs May’s readiness to intervene and use the public sector to build houses in a way not seen since the 1950s. “

Source: BBC News