Archive of July 2007
Housing minister Yvette Cooper warns politicians cannot ignore the need to build more houses to contain prohibitive house price growth. She says the government is committed to protecting the green belt, but local interest groups and politicians must drop their opposition to sustainable new communities.
Liberal Democrat communities and local government spokesman Andrew Stunell calls on the government to make housing truly affordable. Gordon Brown must focus on social rented housing as much as home-ownership, he warns, or risk a rise in repossessions and homelessness.