Reader’s Letter: Don’t blame Government for low housing

Public meeting called by MP Kevin Barron over the future of Dinnington miners welfare club (w110613-6d)

Public meeting called by MP Kevin Barron over the future of Dinnington miners welfare club (w110613-6d)

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Sir Kev’s statement (page 40 Worksop Guardian May 9th) that Britain’s house building is the lowest since the 1920’s gave my chuckle muscles a good work out.

Between 1979 and 1996 an average of 50,761 new homes in the social housing sector were built, compared to 24,299 from 1997-2008. The most striking aspect of the figures is the steep decline in local authority housing during the period in question, falling from a peak of 88,530 new homes in 1980, to a low of 130 in 2004.

With waiting lists for social housing running at four million I am justified in criticizing Labour’s housing policy during the 13 years they were in power.

Sir Kev is trying to blame this government for his party’s lamentable failure to invest in new house building projects between 1997-2010.

Nice try Sir Kev. Wrong target.

Colin Tawn

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