The Tories have quietly ditched their manifesto pledge to build 200,000 starter homes.
The party promised to build the homes five times in their 2015 manifesto.
The manifesto promised the Tories, if elected, would “build 200,000 new Starter Homes – 20% below the market price, for first time buyers under 40.”
Later it pledged they would: “Build more homes that people can afford, including 200,000 new Starter Homes exclusively for first-time buyers under 40.”
It went on to say that at the 200,000 figure was a “clear objective” and was at the “heart” of the party’s housing plan.
The document repeats the pledge again and again, clearly stating the 200,000 figure is just for starter homes, and promising a further 275,000 additional affordable homes by 2020 on top of that figure.
But housing minister Gavin Barwell confirmed this week that discounted starter homes, aimed at getting young families on the housing ladder, will only make up ‘part’ of the 200,000 figure.
He confirmed the climbdown in a written answer to a parliamentary question from Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister John Healey.
Asked for an update on the progress of building starter homes, Barwell said: “Starter homes will form an important part of our programmes to help over 200,000 people become home owners by the end of the Parliament.
“The number delivered will depend on what local authorities consider most appropriate to respond to housing need in their area.”
Labour’s John Healey said: “In their 2015 manifesto the Conservatives made a clear commitment to build 200,000 ‘starter homes’ for first-time buyers by 2020, but two years on not a single one has been built, and now the Housing Minister has confirmed to me that the pledge has been dropped.
“This broken manifesto promise means fewer affordable homes for first-time buyers when we need many more, and less help for those on ordinary incomes who want a home of their own when the need has never been greater.
“After seven years of failure on housing this is a Government that has run out of ideas and has no long-term plan to fix the housing crisis.”