Response to First Homes proposal

Kate Henderson, National Housing Federation Chief Executive, said: "We are concerned that this proposal could make it more difficult for housing associations and councils to provide homes for lower income families. 

"We support efforts to increase home ownership, but not at the expense of building homes for those most in need.

"At present almost half of new affordable homes come through the planning system. If this proposal goes ahead, we will need to see a significant increase in government funding for genuinely affordable housing - this is the only way we will end homelessness and provide the homes local areas need."

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