Government 'should prioritise social housing over affordable'

A Labour MP's call for a 'mass council house building programme' rather than more 'affordable' homes features in today's newspaper round-up.

Writing in the Times (subscription required), Labour MP David Lammy says that "affordable housing isn’t actually affordable in any real sense". Lammy says that there are "around 10,000 households on the housing waiting list in my borough of Haringey and I would wager that not a single one of them could afford either the deposit or the mortgage on a so-called affordable home costing anything up to £450,000". The MP says that it is his "belief that the only way the 3,140 families in my borough living in temporary accommodation can get a permanent home is through a mass council house building programme".

The Guardian reports that a high-speed "Hyperloop transport system is unlikely to be built for at least 20 years". The newspaper says that in a report, government advisers have said that the UK’s "dense population and intensive land use" could make construction more difficult than in other places.

The Guardian also reports that the Scottish government has confirmed that it is to consider two separate appeals against planning refusals of proposals to redevelop Edinburgh’s Old Royal High School into a hotel "in tandem in a public planning inquiry". 

The Telegraph reports that housebuilder Redrow has reported that trading "has been more challenging in recent weeks". The newspaper says that Redrow had experienced a "slight slowdown in sales" in the last few weeks because of "ongoing political and economic uncertainty", chairman Steve Morgan said on Thursday, although he added that the housebuilder had traded in line with expectations.

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