The conservatives are pledging to deliver 1 million homes in 5 years. A quick online search of ONS figures reveals the last time the UK built 200,000 homes in a year was back in the late eighties. And we have built around 880,000 homes in the past five years.
So how do the conservatives propose the uplift in numbers?: through an overhaul of the planning system to encourage the private sector to increase production.
For Labour, the focus is on affordability. They are promising to build 100,000 council homes a year, which will be directly controlled by local authorities. In addition, they have also pledged 50,000 affordable home to buy through Housing Associations with affordability determined by local incomes. This will be financed by using half of its Social Transformation Fund
Finally, the Liberal Democrats are planning to build 300,000 homes per year with one-third of those being ‘social homes’