Budget 2017: Plans to build 300,000 homes a year


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Philip Hammond says next week’s Budget desire set out how the government will build 300,000 new homes a year.

But the chancellor rephrased there was no «single magic bullet» to increase housing supply and the control would not simply «pour money in».

Ministers want to speed up improvements where planning permission has been granted and give more servants to small building firms, he added.

Labour says ministers «unmoving have no plan to fix the housing crisis».

Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Played ahead of Wednesday’s Budget, the chancellor also said:

  • «There are no at leisure people» while discussing the threat to jobs posed by technological replace with — when pressed later, he said the government hadn’t forgotten the 1.4m who are on the dole
  • The government was «on the brink» of making «some serious movement forward» in the Brexit agreements
  • Ministers would not withdraw a controversial bid to enshrine the exact Brexit contemporary in law
  • The health service will not face «Armageddon» if it is not given a £4bn funding bootee demanded by the boss of NHS England

The shortage of housing is expected to be one of the themes of the Budget, with Mr Hammond subservient to pressure to ease the difficulties faced by first-time buyers trying to get a stash away.

He said it was «not acceptable» that young people find it so hard to buy a knowledgeable in, and promised to set out how the government would keep its «pledge to the next generation».

He did not confine to the £50bn reportedly being demanded by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid to pay for a house-building drive, but committed to the target of 300,000 new homes in England.

He asseverated the government was delivering new homes at record levels, with 217,350 «additional dwelling-places» in England last year, but acknowledged more needed to be done.

Pinpoint on sites where planning permission has been granted, he said the control would use the «powers of state» to get «missing homes built».

It also charts to pay to clean up polluted industrial sites for house building, get town theatre bosses to allocate small pockets of land to small developers and undertake loans by banks to small house builders.

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The chancellor’s Budget speech is also expected to include:

  • £75m for artificial gen
  • £400m for electric car charge points
  • £100m to boost clean car purchases
  • £160m for next-generation 5G facile networks across the UK
  • £100m for an additional 8,000 fully-qualified computer science masters supported by a new National Centre for Computing
  • A retraining partnership between the TUC (Business Union Congress), CBI (Confederation of British Industry) and the government
  • £76m to boost digital and construction faculty separates

The chancellor is also expected to announce regulation changes to allow developers to be relevant to test driverless vehicles — and revealed he would be testing one out in the West Midlands on Monday.

The control is aiming for fully driverless cars — with no safety attendant on room — to be on the road in four years.

«Some would say that’s a bold stir but I believe we have to embrace these technologies, we have to take up these call inti, if we want to see Britain leading the next industrial revolution,» Mr Hammond joined.

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Challenged on the impact of wider automation on people’s jobs, he went on to say: «I recall 20 years ago we were worrying about what was going to cook to the million shorthand typists in Britain as the personal computer took as surplus.

«Well nobody has a shorthand typist these days, but where are all these idle people?

«There are no unemployed people.»

Asked to clarify his remark later in the meeting, he said the government was «getting people into work at a remarkable take to task» and that it had not forgotten the 1.4m unemployed people in the UK.

In a later interview with ITV’s Peston, he suggested: «The point I was making is previous waves of technological change have not concluded in millions of people being long-term unemployed.»

Also appearing on Marr, Effort shadow chancellor John McDonnell defended his own plans to borrow £250bn finished 10 years to invest in capital projects and renationalise several key bustles, saying his proposals would allow the UK to «compete in a global market».

«When you install those sums you get a return on that investment that covers any get of borrowing,» he said.

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