CIH responds to Labour manifesto
Commenting on the publication of the Labour party’s General Election manifesto, Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE said: "We know we need to build around 250,000 homes a year in England to get to grips with our national housing crisis, so it’s encouraging to see Labour setting an ambitious target for house building.
"But it’s not just about building more homes, it’s about building more affordable homes for people on lower incomes. We need more homes across the spectrum – for home ownership, for private and social rent, and for shared ownership – but we believe more investment is urgently needed in affordable homes to rent. So Labour’s commitment to build 100,000 affordable council and housing association homes a year is welcome, but matching that ambition with successful delivery will require a long-term plan combined with significant investment. We would like to see more detail on how these commitments would be funded."
She added: "With more and more people living in the private rented sector, it’s vital that we look at new ways to improve standards, so we welcome Labour’s focus on this issue.
"We have called on the next government to review the welfare reforms that have been introduced since 2012 and the measures due to be rolled out over the next few years. Whoever wins the election needs to take a step back and make sure that welfare policies are not obstructing housing policies designed to make sure people can access a decent home at a price they can afford. It’s therefore encouraging to see Labour making a number of commitments on welfare, including scrapping the bedroom tax, reinstating housing benefit for under 21s and redesigning universal credit."
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