Response to Shelter’s social housing commission report

8 January 2019

Responding to Shelter’s social housing commission report, Kate Henderson, Chief Executive at the National Housing Federation, said:

“This is a landmark report from Shelter, and we are encouraged by the overwhelming public support for social housing they have uncovered. The report adds to the growing consensus that social housing needs a long-term programme of investment.

“The commission is right to recognise that social housing is a crucial national asset, and we need to properly invest in it. As the report points out, this is a wise investment that will more than pay for itself in the long-term.

“We also need to fundamentally reform the way land is bought and sold, making it cheaper for organisations that want to build social housing. Only then can we build enough houses so that everyone can have the home they need at a price they can afford.

“The report also calls for a rebalancing of the relationship between housing associations and their tenants. We support this ambition and have been working with our members and tenants to ensure that housing associations are among the most trusted, accountable and responsive organisations in the country. We also support the creation of a national voice for tenants.

“Now, we’re looking forward to working with Shelter and others to continue to make the case for much-needed social housing.”


For further information please contact:

Andrew Carruthers, PR Officer, National Housing Federation

020 7067 1098 / andrew.carruthers@housing.org.uk (out of hours 07786 916 877)  

Notes for Editors:

The National Housing Federation is the voice of affordable housing in England. We believe that everyone should have the home they need at a price they can afford. That’s why we represent the work of housing associations and campaign for better housing.

Our members provide over two and a half million homes for six million people. And each year they invest in a diverse range of neighbourhood projects that help create strong, vibrant communities.