Purplebricks boss Sam Mitchell has launched a scathing attack on the Conservatives saying they must take responsibility for the housing crisis.
After 16 housing ministers in 14 years of the Tories’ time in power, the party needs to face up to its failings, the Purplebricks CEO says.
He calls on the Government to build more houses, including a “mass social housing building programme” to relieve the pressure on the PRS.
The Conservative Party must take responsibility for the situation.”
“The lack of housing stock in the UK is a significant factor in the difficulties faced by first-time buyers and, having gone through 16 housing ministers in 14 years, the Conservative Party must take responsibility for the situation.”
Mitchell, who was CEO at Strike when it bought Purplebricks for a £1 last year, says the housing problems have been compounded by the sell-off of council housing in the 1980s.
“With rents skyrocketing, it has been increasingly difficult for first-time buyers to save for a deposit.
If the Government is really serious about tackling this issue…it must be clear about its commitment to build new homes.”
“As a result, we’re seeing young people live at home with their families for much longer and fewer first-time buyers,” he says in a press statement.
“If the Government is really serious about tackling this issue, as the Housing Secretary [Michael Gove] appears to suggest, it must be clear about its commitment to build new homes, including a mass social housing building programme.
“This will free up the private rented sector as well as normalise rents and housing choice for tenants.”