“In many parts of our country it has become normal for young people to leave, though not out of choice. This might be to find work, but more and more, it is to find a home that they can afford.”
Greg Clark, Communities Secretary, 2 July 2015
Are young people being forced to move away from where they grew up, thanks to lack of affordable housing?
That was the claim from Greg Clark today, who told a Local Government Association conference that the “defining test” for current politicians was ending the housing crisis.
He said: “For centuries, to be exiled – to be sent away – was considered to be an extreme penalty, reserved for the most serious of offences against the community.
“If we want to maintain the chain of community – and a place for the next generation – then we must make sure we have the homes to welcome them to. The responsibility lies with us – national and local leaders alike.”
Are young people really being increasingly “exiled” from where they grew up? (more…)