Everyone agrees that we are not building enough houses, and that the lack of supply is making homes unaffordable for many people.
But all the main parties are proposing different solutions.
Today David Cameron announced a new Conservative policy: a Tory government would aim to build 200,000 new homes over the next parliament for first-time homeowners to buy at a 20 per cent discount.
What’s in the small print?
Who’s got the worst record on housing?
Both Labour and the coalition like to highlight each other’s failure to oversee the construction of enough houses.
Ed Miliband has repeatedly accused Mr Cameron of presiding over the lowest level of homes built in peacetime since the 1920s. The exact same charge is levelled at Labour on the government’s website.
Both claims are substantially right and there isn’t much to choose between the parties.
Government figures say 137,450 dwellings were completed in 2010/11, which was the lowest since records began in 1969. But completions fell even lower to 135,510 under the coalition in 2012/13.
If you go by calendar year not financial year, show slightly fewer homes were built under Labour spending plans in 2010 (137,280) than in 2013 (137,980). The 2010 total is the lowest since World War Two. (more…)