It has long been in political discourse that successive governments have failed to build enough houses; in many cases, it becomes the rallying cry of the challenging party that their opposition has let the public down by not providing enough new builds or social housing. Yet those accused invariably state that they have built “more houses under this government than XYZ.” What if they are, in fact, being honest about the amount of housing, but are failing to account for the amount of housing actually needed?
As Nigel Farage rightly pointed out during the 2015 election debates (and more recently on numerous occasions), to satisfy the present need for housing, a new home must be built in the UK every four minutes. It is almost impossible to see how any government considers this a sustainable practice.
What is worse is that if the UK government decided to put the citizens of the UK first, there would actually not be the need to build many new houses. The birth rate for British couples is (and has been for some time) 1.6. This means that every two people are replacing themselves at a lesser rate; assuming that the couples having children are not homeless, this means that eventually, without the need for new builds, the housing crisis would rectify itself. But it isn’t. Because there is another, far more significant factor at play: immigration.
As the Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid is at the very heart of this debate. He has recently proposed that the government take advantage of the low interest rates to borrow money to spend on housing development projects. In a recent speech, he made much noise regarding the fact that 217,000 new homes had been built in the year. He points out some other interesting, and frightening statistics:
- Nationwide, the average house price is now 8 times the average income.
- The average age of a first-time buyer is now 32.
- People in their early 30s are half as likely as their parents were to own their home.
- A third of all men in their 30s are still living with their parents – a stat that will send a shiver down the spine of all mums and dads everywhere!
The Tory government is talking about plans to build 1 million new homes across the country. And while it sounds like a grand figure sure to enable young people to buy a home and start investing in their future, the reality is that most of these homes will not go to native Britons; they will go migrants (and based on the present migration figures, it will be migrant headed families from the EU).
You see, Mr. Javid’s statements are based on information he quoted in February, and apparently still believes to be true. He said, “two thirds of housing demand has nothing to do with immigration; it is to do with natural population growth.” But this is not true. It is a falsehood based on bad data, and even worse, it is this falsehood that is shaping present policy.
According to studies presented by Migration Watch, “In the last decade nearly 90% of additional households in England have been headed by someone born abroad.” 90% is a huge figure. And this is in part paid for by the British taxpayer. It is the land that is undergoing “the final harvest” that will forevermore be concrete grey and all because the British government refuses to acknowledge that immigration is out of control. And it gets worse. Because the present migrant population is younger on average than the standard Brit, the migrant housing needs in the future will grow more and more.
Even if the government were able to crunch the numbers and throw enough borrowed cash at the issue to build enough new houses, how are they to address the social issues that are likely to arise from so many brand new neighborhoods? Not only houses will be needed but also infrastructure, such as hospitals, schools and roads which also need funding but are not being accounted for. It will be all too easy for a poorly managed housing project to create a swathe of ghettoes in which migrants and poverty stricken Brits get stuck.
So where did the government go so wrong? Apparently the figures are based on immigration numbers of 170,500 net, which is far below the actual figures of more than 300,000 last year. If the government cannot be trusted to do basic sums, how can they be expected to adequately plan for the future? Or is it perhaps that they do know the truth, and have just decided to continue the immigration agenda because the European Union wishes them too.