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Government’s state housing claims wrong – states Labour’s Phil Twyford


Labour is challenging the Government’s claim that a third of state houses are either the wrong size or in the wrong place.

Housing spokesman Phil Twyford says Housing NZ’s annual report, released today, contradicts that.

“The annual report states 96 percent of state houses are in the right places to meet demand, and 89 percent have the right number of bedrooms,” he said.

“Ministers have been making up numbers to justify their plan to sell of thousands of state houses.”

Mr Twyford says Finance Minister Bill English and Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett have been saying a third of state houses are in the wrong place or are the wrong size.

“Housing NZ’s own figures show this to be a nonsense,” he said.

“The Government has also been claiming it has built 320 houses in the last year – what they didn’t tell the public was that they sold off 800 over the same period.”

Mr Twyford says the Government is taking a “massive” $108 million dividend from Housing NZ this year.

“That’s cash that could be used to build desperately needed houses, and the government is putting it back into its own coffers.”

Mr English has said the dividend will be used for housing supplement payments.

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