Ministers misled us on housing and migration
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.