Cliff Taylor: No wonder the Government has the jitters about its housing plan

If the big new strategy is to work, then in time house prices will have to fall

‘How do we get homes – particularly apartments – built at a reasonable cost?’ File photograph: Getty

‘How do we get homes – particularly apartments – built at a reasonable cost?’ File photograph: Getty

Does the Government know what it wants to achieve with its big housing plan? The delay in publication of the Housing for All document follows a frantic period, with senior officials and Ministers tasked with getting it done and out before the end of July. The document is largely written and was due to be published on Tuesday. But someone decided to pull the plug on publication late in the day.

The spin is that it didn’t make much sense for Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien to publish before the bank holiday weekend and that it will come out in late August or early September. But it looks more like a case of last-minute jitters at the highest levels of Government about a plan which will go a long way to defining the Coalition’s future.

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