Thank you to everyone who took part in our general election campaign. It has been a great collective effort, particularly impressive given the short timescales involved.
There were more than 80 visits to housing associations, with visits in every part of the country, from candidates from across the political spectrum and a mixture of sitting and new candidates. Senior figures from the three main parties visited housing associations and were pictured with the campaign pledge boards – Sajid Javid, Communities Secretary visited Radian Group, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron visited Torus and Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn visited Saffron Housing.
Social media has been awash with positive messages about housing associations and the work they do in their local area:
- So far there have been 4,827 tweets using #GE17housing, from 1,516 contributors – lots including infographics or using the campaign slogan board in pictures
- 2.6m accounts have been reached by tweets using #GE17housing
- The campaign video has been viewed over 1,400 times on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
Members have been at the heart of our media push throughout the campaign to position housing associations as key partners of a new Government. Broadcast highlights include housing associations on Sky News and BBC Points West, while editorial comment pieces for key regional newspapers described the sector’s ambition to build more and a cross-party consensus for new affordable homes. Candidate visits to housing schemes were promoted in local and trade press. Housing featured in the manifestos of the three main parties with each party committed to increasing housing supply. This is testament to the work we’ve done since the last election.
Whatever the outcome of the election, we’ll be talking to senior figures in the new government to set out how housing associations are the right partners to end the housing crisis. We’ll be asking you to continue the great work from the election period and build on the relationships with your local MPs – we’ll be providing ideas, tools and inspiration over the coming weeks. Look out for further details about this from us soon.