Lib Dem housing pledge welcomed
The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has welcomed the Liberal Democrat pledge today (14 January) to bring 250,000 empty homes back into use.
CIH Chief Executive Sarah Webb said: "We have campaigned with partners in the housing sector to highlight the scandal of the 760,000 properties in England standing empty, and we are delighted that the Liberal Democrats have incorporated a pledge to tackle this problem in their manifesto, to turn them into new homes and stimulate the economy by creating up to 65,000 new jobs.
"We need national and local government to understand and resource the issues around tackling empty homes. We would urge government to consider whether fiscal measures could help bring empty homes back into use as well as to investigate ways to prevent them falling empty in the first place."
News release issued on behalf of the CIH by Jill Dwyer, CIH Press Office, Octavia House, Westwood Way, Coventry CV4 8JP. Telephone: 02476 851780 or 07786 716961. Email: email@example.com .
Notes to Editors:
1. The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is the professional body for people involved in housing and communities. We are a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. We have a diverse and growing membership of over 22,000 – both in the public and private sectors – living and working in over 20 countries on five continents across the world. Our members work for local authorities, housing associations, Arms Length Management Organisations, Government bodies, educational establishments and the private sector. Many tenants and residents are also members. We exist to maximise the contribution that housing professionals make to the wellbeing of communities. Further information is available at: www.cih.org
2. Visit our UK Election Discussion Site for the latest news: http://www.housingfutures.cih.co.uk/