Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021

12 August 2021

The next Spending Review, taking place on 27 October, will set out the government’s spending plans and is a key opportunity to shape national policy for years to come. The deadline for submissions is the end of September, and our plans are well underway.
Overall, we intend to showcase the vital role that housing associations play in meeting the government’s priorities, and what actions and investment is needed to achieve even more.  
We intend to focus on four themes, summarised below, which we are now discussing with our members. We will then make a formal submission to the government in the autumn. In the meantime, we have already started a programme of meetings with senior government officials and politicians to discuss our sector submission in more detail.  
We will update this webpage as our Spending Review work progresses. If you have any questions, please get in touch using the contact details below.

1. Decarbonisation and sustainability  

Decarbonisation is a major priority for the government, and a major priority for our sector. We plan to highlight how, with the right support, our sector could make a significant contribution to meeting net zero targets, that our systems and processes can make us important partners for government, and that investment in this area will support employment and regeneration across the country. 

Specifically, we plan to call on the government to make a real statement of intent on net zero in housing by committing the £3.8bn Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund promised in the Conservative manifesto, and to work alongside our sector to deliver it.  

2. Building safety 

One of our top building safety priorities is ensuring that our members have access to funding and resources to lead progress in building remediation.  

We will continue our calls for the government to cover all building safety costs upfront and claim the costs back later from the companies they acknowledge are responsible. We will also keep calling for the government to coordinate resources so that they are directed first to the buildings that need them most, regardless of who lives there or who owns them.

3. Supporting people to live independently

We also plan to highlight the vital role that supported housing has played during the pandemic, and the importance of ensuring it is funded correctly in the long term.  

We are calling on the government to reinstate the £1.6bn ring-fenced budget for housing-related support so that vulnerable people get the quality support services needed to help live independently.  

We will highlight how new social rented homes, along with funded long-term support, can help address homelessness, move people out of hospital and provide a secure basis from which people can rebuild their lives.  

On top of our Spending Review submission, we will make this case during Starts at Home Day on Friday 3 September.  

4. Regeneration and levelling up

The pandemic has resulted in the loss of businesses and financial hardship, and we’ve seen some communities struggling across the country. Funding for regeneration and levelling up will help revive these communities and provide investment in much-needed jobs and skills.  

We plan to call for housing associations who are already working to address these challenges to play a full part in the government's levelling up agenda, and ensure that funding is available for regeneration and employment support across the country.  

Start engaging with your local MPs

If you have any upcoming meetings with politicians, you can use our briefing to talk about the Spending Review 2021, and share our sector’s asks. 

Download our briefing

Our submission in the news

Who to speak to

Evelyn Williams, Policy Officer