https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-45569453 In a country where the average house is 8 times average earnings https://www.independent.co.uk/news/...est-unaffordable-housing-crisis-a8323086.html most normal working families cannot afford to buy houses. Families need housing. In the old days council housing provided housing for those who could not afford or did not want to buy a house. Councils built lots of council houses, supply of housing was constant and the housing market took care of itself. Thatcher turned everybody into a property speculator when she sold of council houses to their occupiers for a song. Councils stopped building council houses for a number of reasons. Demand for housing rose as the population rose but the supply of housing dried to a trickle. Property speculators made, and continue to make, a fortune. I am not sure that 'social housing' is the same as council houses. The definition of social housing seems to be any house costing below £200K. Still too expensive for an average working couple to get a mortgage for. Possible only with a large deposit from relatives. Slimy minister on tv patting the government on the back for building houses that poor people can live in. He was careful to avoid giving actual figures on how much the homes would sell for. This was an interview on BBC Breakfast so not really an interview. The vast majority of the houses to be built were not "social" housing. He had to admit that. Why not spend the whole £2BN on houses which people can afford to rent or buy. Base "affordability" on two average incomes per household? The answer, property speculators.