We have little chance of building enough homes to meet election promises

John FitzGerald: Urgent action is not enough to deliver required new homes

 Can we build enough  homes to satisfy the claims made by the various parties in the recent general election campaign? Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Can we build enough homes to satisfy the claims made by the various parties in the recent general election campaign? Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The different election manifestos promised to radically scale up building, particularly social housing. However, it is likely that building new homes on the scale promised will prove very challenging over the lifetime of the next government. So when we next go to the polls there are still likely to be disillusioned and disappointed voters on this score.

Some manifesto proposals look likely to make things worse. Giving individuals more money to buy houses will only result in further price inflation, and do little for supply.

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