CIH fears loss of skills and capacity in housing and local government
Squeeze on public sector risks loss of vital capacity to housing and communities.
Grainia Long, Interim Chief Executive of The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) commented on the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement:
“The prospect of 700,000 public sector job losses over 5 years, nearly double what was originally predicted, is terrifying. It poses a huge risk that skills and capacity will be lost within the housing and wider local government sector just when the government is relying heavily on housing and planning reforms to turn around the weak economy.
“We can see a glimmer of hope for the economy around housing development and the new youth employment scheme which we expect the housing sector will get behind, but a loss of vital strategic, commissioning and delivery capacity could quickly snuff out this spark and leave housing and communities in a very worrying place over the longer term.”