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It’s immigration that’s driving housing costs through the roof

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THE Bank of England’s chief economist has made waves by pointing the finger at record immigration levels as the cause of soaring rents.

Huw Pill argues that the influx of newcomers, with a staggering 745,000 net migrants arriving in 2022 alone, is exacerbating the shortage of housing and driving rents through the roof.

Pill’s analysis cuts through the usual blame game, highlighting that the problem isn’t just about interest rates and the Bank of England, but also about population growth and delays in obtaining planning permissions which further compound the shortage of available homes.

Backing Pill’s stance, a report from the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), supported by former immigration minister Robert Jenrick, reveals that immigration isn’t delivering the economic boost promised; instead, it’s making the housing crisis worse. The report shows that a whopping 89 per cent of the 1.34million increase in England’s housing shortage over the past decade can be attributed to migration.

But here’s the kicker: Pill emphasises that the Bank of England’s hands are tied when it comes to boosting housing stock. It’s down to policymakers responsible for border controls and planning regulations to roll up their sleeves and tackle the root causes of the crisis head-on.

In essence, Pill’s stark warning, along with the CPS report and Migration Watch UK repeatedly saying it over the years, challenges the politically correct narrative that immigration always brings economic benefits. It’s time for leaders to wake up to the impact of immigration on our housing market and take decisive action to ensure fair access to housing for all.

Meanwhile a review of BBC’s news coverage by  Dr Madeleine Sumption, director of Migration Observatory, has called for the broadcaster to reflect public concerns about immigration.

The review revealed that some BBC journalists were hesitant to cover local immigration issues or immigration fraud, fearing it might seem ‘hostile’ to migrants. The report emphasised that it is not ‘racist’ to be concerned about immigration impacts or to prefer stricter policies.

Involving input from over 100 contributors, including Migration Watch UK, the review hinted that the BBC’s staff might be leaning a bit too far to the left, suggesting they need a wider range of backgrounds and opinions. Some journalists are feeling the heat to come across as caring and compassionate, focusing more on migrants than the communities they impact.

But perhaps the biggest problem highlighted by the review is the narrow political lens through which migration stories are often told. Audiences are craving more context and explanation, struggling to make sense of complex issues such as migration numbers and government policies.

In a nutshell, the review is calling on the BBC to step up its game, listen to the public, and provide more balanced coverage on immigration. It’s time for the Beeb to give the people what they want.

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Dr Mike Jones
Dr Mike Jones
Dr Mike Jones is Migration Watch's Executive Director.

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