‘No point’ in new state houses – Bill English
Finance Minister Bill English says the proceeds from selling state houses are unlikely to be spent on new state houses and may go into the Consolidated Account.
“I mean, if we want less stock, there’s not much point in rebuilding stock with it” …
Bill plans to sell our houses to “anybody” (“We will just go to the market and see who turns up, basically”). “Anybody” isn’t going to build new affordable houses. Only governments do that. And the Nats pretending that there isn’t a desperate need for more affordable / state housing is just ludicrous. A few headlines this year:
State Housing waiting lists go through the roof
Urgent wait list for housing rises by 100
WHY CAN’T THIS FAMILY GET A STATE HOUSE?
Homeless family slam Govt move to quit state houses
Housing NZ waiting list rises
More homeless people sleeping in cars
Health implications of Auckland’s housing crisis debated
Wellington’s charities and council struggle to manage homeless
Social housing waitlist
In short, we need more state housing in NZ, but the Nats are determined to wash their hands of the whole business. It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that they simply don’t care.