Housing minister promises PRS boost

A boost to the private rented sector has been promised by housing minister Gavin Barwell ahead of the release of the government’s housing white paper tomorrow (7 February).

The white paper will include measures to encourage institutional investment in the sector as well as “longer more secure tenancies”, Barwell told ITV’s Peston on Sunday.

He admitted there was a “change in tone” from government around home ownership, which has been the hallmark of the Conservative government since the era of Margaret Thatcher.

[caption id="attachment_872566" align="alignleft" width="180"]Gavin-Barwell-Peston-on-Sunday Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock[/caption]

Barwell (left)