14 February 2019
Responding to the Government’s announcement of £250 million to support new housing, Catherine Ryder, Head of Policy at the National Housing Federation, said:
“The Government is right to invest in tackling the housing crisis – the £250 million of funding allocated by James Brokenshire today could have a real impact by helping to unlock thousands of new homes across the country. The Secretary of State is also right to recognise that the housing crisis is a national one, and needs action across the country to tackle it.
“However, it’s important that we recognise how far we still have to go. We need to be building 340,000 homes every year, including 90,000 social homes, to make sure that everyone has somewhere secure and affordable to live. Last year, only around 6,500 social homes were built.
“We urgently need to rectify this situation, which means we need major government investment in affordable homes and mixed communities.
“Solving the housing crisis will also require major changes to the way that land is bought and sold. Land needs to be made cheaper so that housing associations can afford to buy it to build new social housing. We are glad to see that the Government is also planning to use surplus MoD land to build new homes, but ministers must use this opportunity to use public land for the public good by ensuring at least half of the homes are affordable.”