Boris Johnson latest: Prime Minister’s Right to Buy housing plan slammed as ‘dangerous gimmick’ ahead of today’s speech

Boris Johnson says vote of no confidence ‘decisive’ despite massive Tory rebellion

The government’s right to buy plan has been slammed as “dangerous stuff”, a housing charity Shelter has warned.

Group chief executive Polly Neate said: ‘The Prime Minister’s accommodation plans are confusing, unachievable and dangerous. Developing reckless plans to expand the right to buy will further endanger our rapidly shrinking supply of social housing.

She added that the government’s promise to replace sold social houses with the right to buy “has failed”.

“The government needs to stop wasting time on the failed policies of the past and start building more of the safe social housing that this country really needs.”

Boris Johnson is due to announce the policy in Blackpool today which will allow people to use their benefits to access the property ladder as part of a series of announcements aimed at easing the housing crisis.

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Government housing plan is ‘a dangerous gimmick’, says Shelter boss

Housing charities Shelter have also weighed in on the government’s new homeownership policy.

Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, said: ‘The Prime Minister’s housing plans are confusing, unachievable and dangerous. Developing reckless plans to expand the right to buy will further endanger our rapidly shrinking supply of social housing.

“For decades, the promise to replace every social housing unit sold through Right to Buy has failed. If these plans go ahead, we will remain stuck in the same destructive cycle of selling and destroying thousands more social housing units than are built each year.

“The math doesn’t add up: why try to sell the few truly affordable homes that are left – at great expense – when homelessness is on the rise and more than a million households are stuck on the waiting list . The government needs to stop wasting time on the failed policies of the past and start building more of the safe social housing that this country really needs.

Thomas KingleyJune 9, 2022 11:00 a.m.

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Gove promises ‘instant’ social housing replacement

Upgrading Secretary Michael Gove said new social housing would be produced “instantly” to replace homes bought by low-income people under the government’s latest housing plans.

Asked on ITV’s Good Morning Britain how quickly new social housing would replace those purchased under the scheme, Mr Gove said: ‘Instantly’.

He added: “Overall, we want to be in a position where we increase social housing, increase the number of units available for ownership and ensure that in the social housing stock, as people move from renting to the property so that we also replace those numbers.”

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Lisa Nandy said Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer did not address the confidence motion during Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQ) on Wednesday because Boris Johnson “does well enough to sabotage himself”.

Asked if there should be a Labor leadership race, the shadow leveling secretary told Sky News: “No, absolutely not.

“Yesterday Keir Starmer was talking about the issues that matter to the people of the country.

“The Prime Minister is doing a pretty good job of sabotaging himself and his own reputation, and this feud will continue to play out within the Conservative Party.

“It is a tragedy for the country when we need a government that is focused on the issues that matter to most people – the rising cost of living, growing waiting lists for treatment of cancer – these are things that keep families up at night.

“And Keir is absolutely right to use our platform as the Official Opposition to raise these issues with the government and to set out plans that we would take to address them, in the hope that the government will address them now – but if they won’t we will fight for them in the next general election and put them into practice as a Labor government.

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Thomas KingleyJune 9, 2022 10:33 am

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ICYMI: Priti Patel hasn’t met me once in 14 months and canceled meetings, says ‘frustrated’ border chief

The Government Borders Inspector has expressed ‘frustration’ that he has not been able to meet Home Secretary Priti Patel once since his appointment more than 14 months ago.

David Neal – appointed Independent Chief Borders and Immigration Inspector last March – told MPs he was “disappointed” that five or six meetings had been cancelled.

“I haven’t met the home secretary yet,” he told the home affairs select committee. “I’ve asked to speak to him several times, and pre-arranged meetings have been canceled maybe five or six times now.”

It comes as the Interior Ministry’s Rwanda deportation plan faces a legal challenge in emergency proceedings launched in the High Court on Wednesday after the government plans to send migrants to this East African country as early as next week.

Thomas KingleyJune 9, 2022 10:18 a.m.

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Watch: Michael Gove says it was a ‘mistake’ to say Boris Johnson wouldn’t be a competent PM

Michael Gove says it was a ‘mistake’ to say Boris Johnson wouldn’t be a competent PM

Thomas KingleyJune 9, 2022 10:02 a.m.

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NEW: The cost of filling an average car with petrol hits £100 for the first time

The average cost of a full tank of petrol for a typical 55-litre family car has topped £100 for the first time, according to figures from data firm Experian Catalist.

The record comes as households across the country grapple with the cost of living crisis caused by rising inflation, soaring energy bills and rising fuel costs.

Leveling Secretary Michael Gove warned on Thursday that suppliers feared they would not pass on fuel tax cuts to consumers.

Speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, he said: ‘There are concerns that some retailers in some forecourts are not passing on this reduction.

“We know there is a government watchdog – the Competition and Markets Authority – which ensures that people behave in a way that is properly competitive, that they are not conspiring against the consumer.

It comes as Boris Johnson faces pressure to cut taxes to help families.

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Thomas KingleyJune 9, 2022 9:47 a.m.

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There are “some concerns” that suppliers may not pass on the reduction in fuel taxes to consumers, Secretary Michael Gove said.

Speaking on ITV Hello Brittanyhe said: “There are concerns that some retailers on some forecourts are not passing on this reduction.

“We know there is a government watchdog – the Competition and Markets Authority – which ensures that people behave in a way that is properly competitive, that they are not conspiring against the consumer.

“So we are vigilant in this regard, and the Chancellor took action earlier this year because we want to make sure that at a very difficult time – energy and oil prices rise due to the war in Ukraine – let us do all we can help you.

Thomas KingleyJune 9, 2022 9:37 a.m.

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Large sums of money will be needed for the homeownership scheme, admits Gove

Michael Gove admitted that large sums of money would be needed, the upgrading secretary said “we want to be able to have the resources to fund a program like this”.

The Minister for Leveling Up has put in place plans for the lowest paid workers to be able to use housing allowances to buy their homes, and an extension of the right to buy for tenants of housing associations.

According The temperaturethe government wants tenants to have the option of buying properties from housing associations at discounts of up to 70% – although this is likely to be limited to a pilot project and without additional government funding.

But Mr Gove rejected the figure – and admitted there would be a cap on the number of housing association tenants who will be able to benefit from the right to buy extension.

He confirmed that there were no new funds committed to the program, saying Sky News“It will come from the global plot, from the global envelope of public expenditure. We expect that we will cap the number of people who can benefit from it at first, and then it will increase over time. »

Asked about the reduction, Mr Gove replied AML“It will depend on how long you’ve been in the house. I don’t think we’ll be offering 70% discounts for the right to buy from our housing association… We’re not proposing to offer discounts on this scale .

Mr Gove has promised the government will commit to replacing council housing sold “as is” – but labor and housing charities have pointed to the huge cost of building new homes being sold at a cut price.

He also claimed on ITV Hello Brittany that social housing would be produced “instantly” to replace housing purchased by low-income people.

He added: ‘We want to be in a position where we are increasing social housing… and making sure that in the social housing stock people are moving from renting to owning so that we replace those numbers as well.’

Thomas KingleyJune 9, 2022 9:22 a.m.

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Labour’s Lisa Nandy continues to weigh in on the government’s housing policy, saying it will make the housing crisis worse after saying the plans were unworkable.

She added that Labor would crack down on unfair rental charges.

The shadow leveling secretary told Sky News: ‘You could speed up action to crack down on unfair rental charges, that’s something we’re proposing today ahead of the housing debate that Michael Gove and I will have later in Parliament.

“We should take more steps to increase the supply of affordable housing.

“At the end of the day, this is the only way to really solve the housing crisis for most people.

“The measures the government is announcing today will not begin to do that for most people, and in fact some of them will make the housing supply crisis even worse.

“One of the positive things that Michael Gove has done is to make funds available to recommission brownfield sites which would open up land to allow properties to be built.”

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Thomas KingleyJune 9, 2022 9:05 a.m.

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Watch: Gove says government will crack down on companies that ‘unfairly take advantage’ of drivers

Gove says government will crack down on companies that ‘unfairly take advantage’ of drivers

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