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Who has really delivered on housing over the past 20 years?

As the industry prepares for yet another housing minister this year, research has been completed to find out who can legitimately claim the best track record.

Sheila Manchester

There’s no denying that the position of Housing Minister within the UK Government is a challenging one, as the constant revolving door of 17 in 20 years proves, but who has really delivered against their promises?

Benham and Reeves, one of London’s largest independent letting and sales agents, with 17 branches in prime locations and five international offices, has reviewed the performance of housing ministers during their time in post and discovered that Labour’s time in office wasn’t the housing disaster that the Conservatives like to claim.

House builders?
  • Yvette Cooper (Lab): the best housing minister since 1997 with an average of 17,984 homes built per month.
  • Mark Prisk (Con): worst with just 11,089 built on average per month.
  • Margaret Beckett (Lab): one of the least good when it comes to private homes but for housing association and local authority dwellings, she performed the best, with 3,079 built per month.
  • Keith Hill (Lab) ranks second with 16,619 dwellings completed per month between June 2003 and May 2005.
  • Alok Sharma (Con) also saw the average number of dwellings completed per month top 16,000 during his time as housing minister.
  • Mark Prisk, Grant Schapps, Kris Hopkins (all Con) and Jon Healey (Lab) rank as the worst performing housing ministers, with the level of homes built falling below an average of 13,000 per month.

“It’s no secret that the Government has been pretty abysmal when it comes to delivering enough homes to meet the demand of the nation’s aspirational homeowners,” says Anita Mehra, MD of Benham & Reeves (left).

“While we’ve been failing to build enough homes, the population has been swelling, house prices have been increasing and wages have failed to keep pace.

“Until we address the issue of supply and allow the housing minister to operate as a Secretary of State in order to actually do something meaningful, we will continue to see an inadequate number of homes delivered by the Government.”

July 11, 2019

One comment

  1. Sadly, with a life expectancy a Housing minister is less than a M&S sandwich, this comparison shows only how lamentable the performance has been, by all politicians of any political stripe.

    The fault is lack of staying power. For the ambitious, you are one step away from cabinet, for the idiots, it is still one step away from cabinet, or go directly to the back benches and stay there.

    We need to increase the supply of housing. We need to increase the numbers of tradesmen.

    The ambitious numbers politicians bandy around will never be achieved until we take the “bull by the horns”.

    Sadly, most practicle people work in warehouses, so why work outdoors? You are kept at the temperature of 62F, or you are sent home on full pay.

    Its pouring with rain, construction stops and you earn nothing.

    We need to recruit and train a third more building workers.

    No matter who has the stepping stone job, the problem will never been solved until we reform the house building industry, which is an oligopoly.

    Look at the profits the major house builders are generating, by building the most profitable homes, why should they build one bedroom flats and two bedroomed houses?

    I have commenced building my own rental properties and have been surprised how little it costs to construct a property. I am small scale and look for quality components, to keep long term maintenance costs low.

    Clearly, I know nothing.

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