House prices up 20% over last 25 years because of immigration, claims senior minister
Jack Maidment, Political Correspondent 8 April 2018 • 5:20pm
Immigration has driven up house prices by 20 per cent over the last quarter of a century, a senior minister has claimed.
Dominic Raab, the Housing Minister, said official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed immigration had caused a significant increase in the cost of housing and that the UK’s post-Brexit border controls must take into account demand for affordable homes.
Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has made boosting the supply of houses in the UK a key plank of her domestic agenda and the Government has a target of building 300,000 new homes a year by 2025.
But Mr Raab said increasing the supply of housing also needed to be accompanied by consideration of housing...