4 Nov 2014

Key, English at odds on State housing

7:41 pm on 4 November 2014

Prime Minister John Key and his deputy, Bill English appear at odds over how the Government will use the money it gets from selling State houses.

Finance Minister Bill English releasing the Government financial statements

Bill English Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

The Government's plan to sell State houses and have more social housing provided by community groups has been criticised by Opposition parties.

Before Parliament sat today, Mr English was asked whether profits from the sale of State houses would be reinvested in social housing.

"Certainly for the foreseeable future as much as we can. In the longer run, if there's other people providing houses then the Government wouldn't be giving them money for social houses," he said.

But moments later in Parliament, Mr Key said no decision had been made about where the money would go.

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