Johnson doesn’t see housing in ‘vision’ for future UK

No direct reference to housing as a policy priority in first Commons statement from new PM.

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In his first Commons address as PM, Boris Johnson’s vision for housing reflected the nature of his appointments to MHCLG.

Housing had no mention in the address, a marked change from his predecessor’s claim that it was the “number one domestic priority”.

The apparent downgrading of social housing as priority was made obvious by the appointment to MHCLG of the relative novice Robert Jenrick as Communities Secretary – a 37-year-old former corporate lawyer and Christie’s director fresh from the Treasury – and the widely vilified former Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey.

Housing barely featured in the exchanges between the leaders.

Though Jeremy Corbyn did make fleeting reference to “housing costs are higher than ever” in attacking austerity as a political choice.

It is widely expected that Johnson’s housing policy will be dominated by ownership over options for social rent – based, at least, on ‘visions’ broad-brushed over the leadership election.

There is unverified talk of ‘part-buy, part-rent’ plans.

But, as yet, there is no hint of policy detail that could afford the sector confidence.

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