A Home for Everyone – our submission for the Budget 2020

In this Budget, the government has an opportunity to commit to the investment needed to end the housing crisis for good.

Housing associations share the government’s ambition for better homes and communities for everyone. We’re asking the government to partner with us in meeting the big country’s housing challenges: building the new affordable homes we need, making homes safe and secure, meeting Britain’s sustainability and climate challenges.

In this Budget, the government has an opportunity to commit to the investment needed to end the housing crisis for good. We are asking the government to:

  • Help tackle homelessness and boost social and economic opportunities for millions by signalling their commitment to a ten-year Affordable Housing. This would deliver over one million new low carbon, high quality homes for social rent and shared ownership across the country.
  • Make sure everyone can feel safe in their home by committing to a Building Safety Fund to ensure all unsafe cladding is removed from all buildings and that all fire doors which do not meet requirements are replaced without delay.
  • Spread prosperity and level up the country through a place-based approach to renewal in cities, towns and communities across the country, committing at least £1bn of new funding each year. Housing should be a central part of this transformational renewal alongside infrastructure, skills, health and the environment.
  • Provide the support and opportunities people deserve through a fair and effective support and welfare system, coupled with long-term funding for supported housing and joined-up, secure funding for rough sleeping. Together, this can help people into better homes that meet their needs, alleviate homelessness and deliver savings to the NHS and social care budgets.