Housing is a political battle that has yet to be won. Actually, it hasn't even really started to happen yet. We all agree that more housing is needed, but the detail of where, how much etc... isn't really being discussed yet. These figures demonstrate that decisions are being made at a local level without the national level debate that many believe should happen.

If devolution is really to take hold then this is exactly what we could see more of. In other words, local decisions made to suit local circumstances.

We have yet though to consider the implications for national government. Will ministers feel comfortable not having control over certain policy areas any more especially when challenged by the media over them?