But then this isn’t history, this is propaganda:
We have had housing crises before and through much of the last century state-directed action was taken to address them. The problem was never comprehensively solved, but homes were built and lives transformed. Between 1921 and 1922, 110,000 new houses were built in the UK. These were some of the homes “fit for heroes” that had been promised by prime minister David Lloyd George at the end of the First World War.
On the eve of another war, Britain was still working to meet the promises of 1918, but by 1939 more than 700,000 houses had been built. When that second conflict was over construction picked up where it had left off. By 1949, the number of new homes being built each year in Britain had reached 168,780. From then on, until 1978, more than 100,000 new council homes were built each year.
We know it’s propaganda because:
David Olusoga is a historian and broadcaster
So, how many houses were built in those interwar years? Rather more than listed there, because he’s deliberately left out the private sector. That private sector, in the 30s, getting that total well over 300,000 a year. Why did the private sector do so well then? Because we didn’t have the restrictions on who may build what, where. That is, we didn’t have the Town and Country Planning Act 1947 and successors. Abolish hem and we’d quickly get back to the good old days, where copious housing that people wanted to live in was built where people wanted to live. At a price they wanted to pay too.
Our housing problem is too much state.