24 Sep

Housing target can still be met, says minister

Housing target can still be met, says minister

Housing minister Caroline Flint has insisted that the government can still hit its target of building three million new homes by 2020, despite the recent slowdown in house building.

Addressing the issue at the Labour Party conference, Ms Flint said that some have called for the target to be dropped, but she retorted: "We will not give up that easily. Labour will build the homes Britain needs."

Ms Flint argued that the "only" Conservative housing policy is a "pathetic" pledge to scrap home information packs.

The minister also used the speech to restate her support for eco towns.

Ms Flint's speech came in the week after the National Housing Federation (NHF) questioned whether the house building target of the government is achievable.

Speaking at the NHF annual conference in Birmingham last week, chief executive David Orr said that without large scale government intervention only 1.6 million new homes will be constructed by the target date.

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