What was in the Conservative Party manifesto and what does it means for housing associations?
The Conservative Party manifesto contains announcements on:
- Renewing the Affordable Homes Programme.
- Supporting the continued supply of social homes.
- Simplifying shared ownership by setting a single standard for all housing associations.
- Proposing that Section 106 contributions be used to fund discounted homes for sale.
- Implementing the recommendations from the Hackitt Review and the first phase of the Grenfell Inquiry.
- Publishing a social housing white paper, focusing on increasing supply and tenant empowerment.
- Enforcing the Homelessness Reduction Act and ending rough sleeping by expanding programmes such as the Rough Sleeping Initiative and Housing First
- Continuing to roll out of Universal Credit, while promising to ensure it works better for the most vulnerable, and confirmation that the benefit freeze will end.
- The proposed Right to Shared Ownership is not included, but there are proposals to further pilot the Voluntary Right to Buy.