Government to pledge 300,000 homes a year


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

But the chancellor bring up there was no “single magic bullet” to increase housing supply and the control would not simply “pour money in”.

Ministers want to speed up developments where planning acquiescence has been granted and give more help to small building establishes, he added.

Labour says ministers “still have no plan to fix the enclosure crisis”.

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

  • “There are no unemployed people” while discussing the threat to jobs posed by technological metamorphose – when pressed later, he said the government hadn’t forgotten the 1.4m who are out of a job
  • The government was “on the brink” of making “some serious movement forward” in the Brexit decisions
  • Ministers would not withdraw a controversial bid to enshrine the exact Brexit obsolescent in law
  • The health service will not face “Armageddon” if it is not given a £4bn funding assist demanded by the boss of NHS England

More houses needed

The shortage of accommodation is expected to be one of the themes of the Budget, with Mr Hammond under pressure to leisure the difficulties faced by first-time buyers trying to get a deposit.

He said it was “not welcome” that young people find it so hard to buy a home, and promised to set out how the direction would keep its “pledge to the next generation”.

He did not commit to the £50bn reportedly being claimed by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid to finance a house-building drive, but send away to the target of 300,000 new homes in England.

He insisted the government was delivering new homes at platter confidentially levels, with 217,350 “additional dwellings” in England last year, but answered more needed to be done.

Focusing on sites where planning sufferance has been granted, he said the government would use the “powers of state” to get “skipping homes built”.

It also plans to pay to clean up polluted industrial locates for house building, get town hall bosses to allocate small lifts of land to small developers and guarantee loans by banks to small billet builders.

What else will be in the Budget?

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Most of the announcements will be saved for Wednesday, but they are also wished to include:

  • £75m for artificial intelligence
  • £400m for electric car charge points
  • £100m to boost honourable car purchases
  • £160m for next-generation 5G mobile networks across the UK
  • £100m for an additional 8,000 fully-qualified computer field teachers supported by a new National Centre for Computing
  • A retraining partnership between the TUC (Job Union Congress), CBI (Confederation of British Industry) and the government
  • £76m to boost digital and construction skills

The chancellor is also awaited to announce regulation changes to allow developers to apply to test driverless channels – and revealed he would be testing one out in the West Midlands on Monday.

The government is aiming for fully driverless autos – with no safety attendant on board – to be on the road in four years.

“Some drive say that’s a bold move but I believe we have to embrace these technologies, we comprise to take up these challenges, if we want to see Britain leading the next industrial cycle,” Mr Hammond added.

  • Driverless cars ‘on UK roads by 2021’
  • Tories, Labour and the big Budget mele lines

‘No unemployed people’?

Challenged on the impact of wider automation on in the flesh’s jobs, Mr Hammond went on to say: “I remember 20 years ago we were worrying in what was going to happen to the million shorthand typists in Britain as the derogatory computer took over.

“Well nobody has a shorthand typist these days, but where are all these out of a job people?

“There are no unemployed people.”

Asked to clarify his remark later in the evaluation, he said the government was “getting people into work at a remarkable judge” and that it had not forgotten the 1.4m unemployed people in the UK.

In a later interview with ITV’s Peston, he bring up: “The point I was making is previous waves of technological change have not issued in millions of people being long-term unemployed.”

What Labour is designing

Also appearing on Marr, Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell stick up for his own plans to borrow £250bn over 10 years to invest in top projects and renationalise several key industries, saying his proposals would put up with the UK to “compete in a global market”.

“When you invest those sums you get a give on that investment that covers any cost of borrowing,” he said.

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