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The UK Housing Crisis: More empty promises or a potential success story for the Tories? 

Boris Johnson, Theresa May, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak were all ‘committed’ to banning ‘no-fault evictions’ in their manifesto; one of their main policies aimed at fixing the housing crisis. None have delivered. So why would it be any different in the build-up to the next general election? How is Bath affected by this housing crisis? 

Michael Gove, previously dismissed as Housing Secretary under Boris Johnson, was reappointed by Rishi Sunak who increasingly looks to Gove to provide him with a success story that could miraculously help the Conservatives win the next election.  

The banning of no-fault evictions, new planning reforms to build housing on brownfield sites as well as making it easier and cheaper for leaseholders (when you own property on someone else’s land) to extend their lease are all key policies at the centre of Gove’s pledges.  

These pledges would ensure affordable, quality housing as well as reliable and fair contracts for the UK; the bare minimum for such a developed and rich country. Yet the recent report revealing both the UK’s 2023 recession as well as its continuous stagnant economy since the start of the pandemic poses a threat to the implementation of these policies.  

Adding to the shortage of homes for students across the UK, the BBC has recently shed light on a report revealing the “deplorable” state of houses in the city of Bath where almost two-thirds of student houses face a mould problem. These problems are often caused by poor insulation which leave students feeling depressed, facing harsh cold winters and blistering summers. Unfortunately, this feeling is felt across the whole country impacting the mental health of far too many students. 

As Gove lobbies the Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt in a bid to increase funding for his new housing policies in next month’s budget, he hopes to pass as many of these policies through as possible and win over the youth’s vital votes.   

Gove must use Labour’s Green policy U-turn in which Labour had pledged to increase home insulation in millions of homes to his advantage and would have to act before the next general election. If these new policies are not implemented the young will “abandon democracy” according to Gove and support for his already highly unpopular party will crumble further. He will need to act quickly and effectively.  

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