This briefing covers the relevant announcements made in the National Infrastructure Plan and the Autumn Statement, gives a Federation response to these measures, and sets out the main implications for housing associations.
5 December 2014
The National Infrastructure Plan and the Autumn Statement contained a number of measures intended to help increase housing supply and help people to buy their own home. Housing associations will also want to consider the potential impact of announcements on welfare and devolution.
Responding to the Autumn Statement, Chief Executive David Orr said: “Prospective home buyers will be breathing a sigh of relief today following the reform of stamp duty, but the Chancellor’s announcement won’t help people trapped paying high rents and stranded on social housing waiting lists.
“The announcements made earlier this week to boost house building are a step in the right direction, but we now need bold and urgent action to end the housing crisis within a generation.”