OPINION - The Leader podcast: Behind Boris Johnson’s housing plans

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson during his speech at Blackpool (PA) (PA Wire)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson during his speech at Blackpool (PA) (PA Wire)

Boris Johnson is hoping that housing can save him. The Prime Minister is counting on his new policy to win over the rebel Tory MPs who voted to oust him earlier this week.

Under the plans, lower-paid workers will be able to use housing benefits to buy their homes and there will be an extension of the right to buy for housing association tenants.

Sounds like a good idea on paper right? Well, it might not be that simple, as Dr Niko Szumilo, Associate Professor at University College London and Director of The Bartlett Real Estate Institute explains.

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