WHAT HOUSING CRISIS?
There has been endless discussion about the ‘‘housing crisis’’. Does it exist, and why?
It seems to me that significant numbers of people living in cars, or more than a family in a garage, means there is indeed a ‘‘housing crisis’’.
As to why - it seems clear that there are a series of market failures in providing affordable homes, both to buy and to rent, and also jobs that pay enough to live on in affordable accommodation.
I suggest that if these two market failures were acknowledged, they could be addressed.
However, this government doesn’t believe in market failures and is handing everything over to the profit driven ‘‘market’’.
Unfortunately for the bulk of the populace, the ‘profit driven’ has never had, nor has any interest in housing that low income people can afford, or in providing jobs that pay decent wages for realistic hours of work.
That has always relied on the ‘‘public purse’’ (the State and local bodies) and decent worker’s rights legislation.
However, this government and its predecessor doesn’t and didn’t believe in this role. Impasse!
One day, this scenario will change. Here’s hoping the present crises which are seriously impacting on health, welfare and education are sufficient to drive that. Ian Ritchie Feilding