Min­is­ters mis­led us on hous­ing and mi­gra­tion

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THE Depart­ment for Com­mu­ni­ties and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment es­ti­mates that over the pe­riod to 2039 there will be an av­er­age in­crease of 210,000 house­holds a year in Eng­land.

But a blis­ter­ing new re­port from Mi­gra­tion Watch claims that this is an un­der­es­ti­mate. What’s more it as­serts that suc­ces­sive govern­ments have mis­led the Bri­tish peo­ple as to the ex­tent of the pres­sure that mi­grant num­bers put on hous­ing. To say that two-thirds of hous­ing de­mand is to do with nat­u­ral pop­u­la­tion growth rather than im­mi­gra­tion is “en­tirely false”, ar­gues the cam­paign­ing group.

Ac­cord­ing to Lord Green of Ded­ding­ton, chair­man of Mi­gra­tion Watch, any talk of the hous­ing cri­sis is al­ways couched in terms of sup­ply (we must build more houses) rather than in terms of de­mand (the vast num­bers of mi­grants need­ing some­where to live). “That has to stop. Our pa­per breaks new ground in dar­ing to point to this cen­tral if un­com­fort­able truth.”

Home own­er­ship is what most Bri­tish peo­ple as­pire to but it is a dream that has be­come in­creas­ingly hard to re­alise as mi­gra­tion has driven up de­mand and house prices.

It is a be­trayal of the Bri­tish peo­ple by our lead­ers.

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