Council house building will be a ‘drop in the ocean’

And still on the Budget – the £100 million announced by Alistair Darling to help councils start building houses has been described as a ‘drop in the ocean’ after it emerged that as few as 900 homes will be created. Last year just 310 properties were built by councils in England, and since 1995 no local authority has built more than 500 homes a year. However, there are currently 4.5 million people stuck on the housing waiting list across England.