04 Oct 2021

CIH issues ‘cliff edge’ warning to government

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has called for the reinstatement of the £20-per-week Universal Credit uplift after the decision by the UK government to press ahead with the cut despite mounting financial pressures facing many households.  

The ending of pandemic-related support measures, housing market forces that limit the choice and availability of long-term affordable housing solutions, and increasing energy bills could push many households into a situation where they struggle to cover their household expenditure costs. These households will be at real risk of homelessness and poverty this winter.

CIH have launched a four-nation campaign calling on our respective administrations to put substantial long-term support in place for people at risk of homelessness post-pandemic.

CIH director of policy and external affairs James Prestwich said:

"The cut to Universal Credit in a time when furlough is winding down and the future of the job market is uncertain is deeply regrettable. We are increasingly worried about the road ahead for people who rely on additional support.

We mustn't punish low-paid workers and families on the brink of poverty. The UK Government must ask swiftly to reinstate the uplift and re-evaluate help with private rents in line with the current market.

Housing professionals working across social, affordable, and private rented housing will be at the forefront in supporting tenants during this difficult period. To do that as effectively as possible, we need to see a long-term funding commitment from the government to provide much-needed affordable new homes, improve the quality and efficiency of existing homes, and provide support and care services that so many people rely on to access and maintain a home."

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