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Build better houses to match previous generations

Last updated: 08:17pm 19 July 2018

We will build better houses, to match the quality of those we have inherited from previous generations.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.71

Our verdict

The government has made it a priority to sort out what it calls “our broken housing market“. A big problem that has been highlighted is the quality of the houses being built. Compared to previous generations of houses, the quality of newly-built British homes are just not up to the expected standards. For example, a recent survey conducted for Shelter, a housing and homelessness charity, found that over half of new-build homes carry “major faults”.

To rectify this, the government put together a series of initiatives in April 2018 to champion “well-designed homes”. Specifically, it has dedicated £1 billion to the Home Building Fund to develop new, modern approaches to design and construction. Additionally, the government has pledged to learn from other countries that boast high quality housing standards such as Norway, Sweden and Australia. Finally, it has pledged to embrace new technologies to support the quality of the design of new-build homes. With all of these measures on the go, this policy can be deemed ‘in progress’.

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