Johnson ‘shuts door’ on social housing

No reference to housing crisis in PM’s election address as issue free-falls from “number one domestic priority”.

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson seemingly shut the door on social housing, with no reference to the housing crisis in his election address outside 10 Downing Street.

The relatively brief address instead focussed on ‘Brexit blaming’ and a “dynamic economy”.

Labour and the Greens, also launching election campaigns today (6th Nov), have put housing at the forefront of campaign plans.

Johnson’s lack of reference to housing continues the Tory retreat from the “number one domestic priority” pledge from Theresa May that earned a much-criticised standing ovation at last year’s National Housing Summit.

Neither Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick nor Housing Minister Esther McVey attended the event this year, with the sector snubbed by the spending review and the Queen’s Speech.

The government is expected to emphasise ownership as its housing policy priority.

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