Its often said that the paralysis in Government over Brexit has prevented many other urgent issues being given the priority that they deserve. However if you look closely at some of these issues they have their own form of paralysis.
Social care can often seem an existential battle over funding with Generation Rent demanding old people fund their care from their Housing largesse and older voters believing its their right after a lifetime of "paying their dues". Similar the need for new housing is caught in a headlock by the persistent NIMBY lobby in rural Britain who don't want their place to change and the increasingly aggressive anti-gentrification lobby in urban areas who are determined to oppose all development unless publically funded social housing - something currently financially incompatible with the Housing Act 1985.
The paralysis of our governmental system needs no further evidence than a Conservative Government committed to building 300,000 homes a year being thwarted by its own footsoldiers and Labour councils committed to increasing social housing within the constraints of the 1985 Act being thwarted by their own activists. As a result the 300,000 target looks very ambitious with no end to the twin evils of sky high rents and homelessness and the generational split between those pay next to nothing for housing and those that see up to 2/3 of their revenue transfer to their landlords.
Tony Travers: Anti-development lobby could thwart new homes 20 February, 2018 By Tony Travers Comment Housing is now politically important for a number of distinct reasons. First, all parties are committed to significant increases in the number of new homes built, with Labour also concerned to increase the proportion of social and affordable units provided. Second, progress is slow. The Conservatives have led the government for almost eight years, without a breakthrough to anything like the numbers built in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Third, there is evidence that the public is becoming less sympathetic to ‘regeneration’-led housing improvements, even in places where there has not been controversy of the kind seen in Haringey