Decent homes that people can afford are the foundations for a good life and strong economy.
A decent, affordable home is as essential as having clean air to breathe, and should be a right for us all, wherever we live across the country. It is the foundation of our health, happiness and prosperity.
Housing also plays a critical role in a strong national and local economy. Having good housing that people can afford close to work, education and local services acts as a springboard for thriving communities.
But for many decades now in England we have had no clear, long-term strategy for housing and we are now living through an acute housing emergency.
There are 8.5 million people in England who can’t access the housing they need.
As we look to the next general election, the National Housing Federation is calling on the party that forms the next government to be ambitious and transformative in its approach to housing.
We want to see a clear long-term plan to meet housing need, built around a set of tangible outcomes that can drive real change, year on year.
What would it look like if we fixed the housing crisis?
- Every child lives in a good quality, secure home with enough space to play and learn.
- Everyone lives in a secure home they can afford and that makes work pay.
- Everyone lives in a healthy and safe home that meets their needs.
- Everyone lives in a comfortable and zero carbon home.
- Housing underpins local growth, regional equality and economic stability.
Meeting the housing needs of everyone in this country does not have to be the impossible challenge that many people believe it has become. With long-term political commitment and collaboration across national and local government, housing providers, residents, communities and the private sector, we can begin to imagine a future where everyone in this country has a good quality home that they can afford. Housing associations stand ready to play their part.
Delivering these outcomes, with measurable targets along the way, would improve the health, income and life chances of millions of people, and drive economic growth, jobs and renewal in every part of the country.
This page sets out the case for a long-term plan to end the housing crisis, and ensure that everyone in the country has access to a good home. We explore the impacts of the housing crisis, how we got here, and how a long-term plan could be designed and delivered.
This will form the basis for a summer of engagement with partners across society and the country, to strengthen the case and secure widespread support for the changes we need to see.