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Election 'an ideal opportunity to look pragmatically at housing crisis'


CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat has said an early election would be an ideal opportunity to look pragmatically at solving the housing crisis.

Terrie Alafat CBE, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “This is an ideal opportunity for each political party to look at pragmatic proposals for how we solve our housing crisis.

“Brexit will of course be a major battleground in this election but this must not be at the expense of issues which are equally important to future generations.

“We would like to see housing take centre stage during the campaign, with a proper debate on how we solve our housing crisis and policy proposals which reflect the scale and seriousness of the problems facing so many people in the UK.

“This is a key opportunity for all parties to look at rethinking the balance of housing investment and to propose other specific measures to get us building the genuinely affordable homes we so desperately need.

“We would also like to see a commitment from all parties to look very seriously at welfare policies like the lower benefit cap and LHA cap which currently make housing even more out of reach for many individuals and families.”

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