National Housing Federation response to the reclassification of housing associations

16 November 2017

David Orr, Chief Executive at the National Housing Federation, said:

"We strongly support the ONS’ decision today, endorsed by the Secretary of State, to reclassify housing associations as private bodies. This is welcome recognition of their position as independent social businesses with a shared social purpose of building a quality home that everyone can afford.

"Housing associations already represent excellent value for the taxpayer – for every £1 Government puts in, housing associations put £6 of their own.

"In the last year, the sector started building almost 50,000 new homes – an increase of 13% on 2015/16. This change will allow them to build on their strong track record and secure the long-term finance needed to build even more affordable homes."