Labour pledges 1 million new homes, but is this enough?

The Guardian has reported that Jeremy Corbyn is pinning "Labour's election hopes on housing reform pledges". The party wants at least a million new homes to be built over the next five years. This sounds encouraging but it should not be forgotten that, just last year, the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee said that we need to be building 300,000 homes each year to tackle the housing crisis - this works out at 1.5 million homes over the next five years. It is important that we do not underestimate the extent of the housing crisis...

The Guardian columnist, Owen Jones, correctly alludes to the fact that the housing crisis affects us all. We eagerly await the manifesto pledges from all of the major political parties in the run up to the General Election to see how they plan to solve it.

Jeremy Corbyn campaigns outside Leamington Spa town hall, in a Conservative-held area. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters (Courtesy of   The Guardian  , 2017).

Jeremy Corbyn campaigns outside Leamington Spa town hall, in a Conservative-held area. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters (Courtesy of The Guardian, 2017).