After four years of empty rhetoric, the best the Chancellor could do was to recycle an announcement from 2012 with a commitment to fewer homes.
The sad disappearance of the British “average neighbourhood”.
Too many essential workers are being priced out of the capital. Rent controls could address the uncertainty and unaffordability they face.
It’s no secret that, as far as the housing market goes, the millennial generation have been (and this is the technical term) royally screwed over.
The great council housing boom of the post-war years was only achieved by public investment. The same action is needed now.
The government should ban private landlords from buying former council housing and abolish discounts on the properties.
Parties also need to reduce childcare and housing costs, improve the quality of part-time jobs and create better progression routes for low paid workers.
While the PM hails figures showing 750 homes have already been bought under the scheme, Labour remains focused on increasing building from its post-war low.
How Labour plans to meet its target of 200,000 new homes a year by 2020, including "use it or lose it" powers to tackle land hoarding and a "right to grow" for councils.
Homelessness has now risen by 34% since 2010, with measures including the benefit cap and the bedroom tax blamed by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Crisis.