Peter devoted the rest of his talk to housing and said that there is a crisis of supply with a minimum of 240,000 homes required every year until 2033. The Government’s new strategy will only make the situation worse Peter said, as many people simply do not earn enough to be able to afford to buy. He then outlined further reasons for the housing crisis and detailed the massive changes that have taken place over recent years, including the huge increase in the rented sector. He argued that the Government had an ideological opposition to council houses. In a discussion delegates pointed out that this will change if the Labour Party is elected in 2015.
After thanking Peter for his talk delegates then discussed their future programme which included participation in Careers Day events at Boswell’s School and Brentwood County High School.