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CIH urges politicians to put housing crisis on centrestage of General Election campaign

Arguments over Brexit must not leave the housing crisis sidetracked during any General Election campaigning, housing professionals have said.

In response to the Prime Minister’s surprise announcement, yesterday, that she intends to seek an early General Election on 8 June, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) said it would offer an opportunity to look “pragmatically” at housing issues.

“This is an ideal opportunity for each political party to look at pragmatic proposals for how we solve our housing crisis,” said Terrie Alafat CBE, the CIH’s chief executive.

“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.”

Under the provisions of the Fixed Term Parliament Act 2011, to open the way to a General Election, the Government must gain the backing of two thirds of MPs in the Commons.

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