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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

Social housing green paper must consider affordability and welfare

19/09/2017


Responding to Communities Secretary Sajid Javid’s announcement today that the government is planning to bring forward a social housing green paper, CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE said: “The time is right for fundamental review of social housing so it’s encouraging to hear Sajid Javid’s commitment today. As well as putting the needs of tenants at its heart, this review must address the crucial issue of government funding for genuinely affordable housing.

"Our latest research shows that government investment in the private market dwarfs support for affordable housing and especially support for homes at the most affordable social rents. Ministers need to take an urgent look at rebalancing the housing budget and investing more in genuinely affordable homes for rent."

Terrie Alafat said the green paper should also consider the welfare reforms that have been introduced since 2012 and measures due to be rolled out over the next few years.

She said: "The cumulative impact of the various measures that have been brought in is causing real hardship for people across the UK. We are getting to the stage where even the most affordable housing is out of reach for people who need it if they need any kind of help with their housing costs. This green paper is a chance 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."


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