There are now over a million more people renting from private Landlords than in 2006. Shelter reports a rise of 77% since 2009. Rents will inevitably rise due to increased demand exacerbated by the Government’s pathetically inadequate housing scheme announced yesterday (Nov’ 21st).
The Government last year cut spending on housing by £4billion so in comparison, this new £400m scheme represents a relatively meagre investment. Shelter says that the scheme “Falls far short” of the 250,000 new homes that are required each year. They also say that the scheme does “nothing to help the growing number of families living in insecure private rented housing with hardly any protection from rogue landlords or unexpected rises in rent”
The Government also intends to try to sell off of the remnants of our social housing whilst almost 2 million people in England languish on the ever growing waiting list. The housing crisis is not being addressed by this plan it is being made worse.