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Housing crisis must remain a priority after General Election ends in hung parliament says sector

The housing crisis must remain a priority for the new Government after the General Election ended in a hung parliament says the sector.


“A hung parliament still has to find a way to govern,” said David Orr, chief executive at the National Housing Federation. “High on the list of priorities must be a continued focus on building and regenerating the homes we need and looking again at the way welfare reform measures like the Local Housing Allowance cap are making that more difficult.


“We also need early progress on secure funding for supported housing – this is vital to delivering effective social care. As ever, the nation’s housing associations are up for the challenge and ready to play a leading role with the new Government.”


Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE added: “We hope our politicians can form an effective new government as quickly as possible – we need action now to solve the housing crisis and prolonged uncertainty will undermine that goal.


“In their manifestos all three major parties rightly recognised that we need an ambitious long-term plan to tackle our national housing crisis. We simply cannot go on as we are or the implications for future generations will be every bit as significant as the impact of Brexit.


“Whatever the new government looks like, we at CIH, along with housing professionals across the UK, are ready to work with them on developing that plan and putting it into practice.”


Alafat went on to thank Gavin Barwell, who lost his Croydon Central seat to Labour’s Sarah Jones, for the work he has done as housing minister.


“We appreciated his willingness to listen and work with the sector,” she said. “That kind of approach is the only way we will be able to address the country’s housing challenges and build the genuinely affordable homes that we so desperately need.”



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