Grant Shapps, Housing minister gave a speech on Tuesday outlining his vision for aspiring home-owners.

In his first speech, he said “the age of aspiration is back”

In relation to renting, he said that he did not believe in tackling the private rented sector with undue regulation, and confirmed the government’s intention to ditch plans for a national register for landlords, a policy put forward by the previous government that would have seen all landlords forced to register to a national database.

The government’s views on other recommendations of the Rugg review, which led to the proposal for a national register for landlords, would be revealed shortly, he said. “We will deal with rogue landlords, but we won’t do that by penalising everybody.”

A fuller article discussing the speech is available on the Guardian website here

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