You could have blown me down with a feather! Who would have thought that the number of households that local councils have accepted as homeless would have increased by 10% over the last year.
All the warnings about the ineffectiveness costly Starter Homes initiative in dealing with the housing crisis, the distraction of the extension of the Right to Buy to housing associations, and a range of other measures that have not addressed issues of supply and affordability, could not have been anything but scaremongering.
Who could possibly have predicted that the housing crisis was only going to get worse?
There remains little to do but wait with hope that this trend now reverses itself, that without state intervention the housing market will get back under some control on its own accord, that the number of homeless households will fall over the next year, and that we will end up with decent homes for all. What could possibly not work?