António Costa and ministers
The government's presentation after seven years of a housing policy has careered into controversy, with many sectors of society claiming measures attack private enterprise and are even unconstitutional

Goal posts of government’s housing programme ‘keep changing’

Every day sees a new ‘tweak’ to original announcements of the government’s controversial “Mais Habitação” (More Housing programme). Today sees SIC television news affirm that approval of the various measures will be split across TWO dates (March 16 and 30), with public consultation now extended until March 24. There is now so much confusion over what will emerge from the policy document that media outlets like SIC are going through all the proposals again, just as tabloid Correio da Manhã reveals that of the 723,000 vacant buildings theoretically available to absorb unmet demand for accessible rents, at least half are uninhabitable – and the largest ‘landlord’ when it comes to vacant buildings is the State itself.