In a striking speech in Bristol today, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said baby boomers simply do not understand the difficulty young people face in finding an affordable home of their own.
The minister responsible for housing attacked the idea “affordability is only a problem for millennials that spend too much on nights out and smashed avocados” as “nonsense.”
During his big speech Javid said: “The people who tell me this – usually baby boomers who have long-since paid off their own mortgage – they are living in a different world.
“They’re not facing up to the reality of modern daily life and have no understanding of the modern market.”
It comes as the latest government statistics show a slight rise in house building. Just over 217,000 homes were built in England last year, up around 27,000 from the previous year.
But Javid said the government wanted to do more to fix the “broken” housing market and suggested further action would be taken to ease planning restrictions and start “freeing up more sites.”