Housing, The Benefit System, Welfare to Work

– Governments housing policy under the spotlight

New housing report shines spotlight on the government’s housing policy

A joint Housing Report by the National Housing Federation, Shelter and the Chartered Institute of Housing, has been published in order to hold the Government accountable to its promises on housing policy. In Edition 1, the report sets out what ministers and officials said they would do to tack the housing crisis, and will use official data to update the report and establish what has been achieved.

The report has rated the Government’s direction of travel under ten main headings using a traffic light system – green for going forward, amber for no progress and red where things are getting worse.

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The findings, as detailed in The Housing Report, are as follows:

  • Housing Supply – Red
  • Planning – Amber
  • Overcrowding – insufficient data
  • Homelessness – Red
  • Evictions, Repossessions and Arrears – Amber
  • Help with Housing Costs – Red
  • Empty Homes – Green
  • Mobility – Green
  • Affordability of the Private Rented Sector – Red
  • Home Ownership – Amber

David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation, said: “The housing crisis should be treated as a top political priority to prevent an already desperate situation become even more grim for the millions of people in need of a home.

“With the number of new homes being built at a record low and more people reliant on housing benefit to find a place to live, it is time for ministers to show their words will be backed up by actions and results.

Click here to download The Housing Report: Edition 1 PDF


Website: National Housing Federation

Amanda Frewin

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