National politics

Labour’s Jon Ashworth keeping up the fibs on housing

In response to David Cameron’s speech this morning the Labour Party bashed out this press release allegedly penned by Jonathan Ashworth MP, Shadow Minister without Portfolio. Without scruple more like.

I know the housing numbers so his housing claim leaps out as being disingenuous. Well plain mendacious really.

He says:

You can’t claim to care about the housing crisis when you’ve overseen the lowest level of housebuilding in peacetime since the 1920s.

How did that happen? There was a little thing called the credit crunch.

If you want to know what happened to house building in our country in recent years go and look at the DCLG Live tables on house building, in particular Table 212 House building: permanent dwellings started and completed, by tenure, Great Britain (quarterly).

Permanent dwellings started per quarter from Table 212

If you go and dig in the data the low point for housing starts in this country was Q4 2008 when only 20,660 homes were started. The record of the Coalition in the period Q3 2010 to Q4 2014 (latest data) is an average of 34,104 starts per quarter 65% higher than the Labour low point.

Ashworth knows he is talking rubbish. He is hoping that no-one notices.

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