CIH comment on Autumn Budget
In commenting on the Autumn Budget, Terrie Alafat, CBE, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) said
“There are some welcome elements in today’s budget announcement including £1.7bn to increase work allowances under Universal Credit and £1bn over five years in additional protection for existing claimants moving on to Universal Credit from other benefits. CIH has previously argued for these kind of changes so it is pleasing to see the government adopt them. It is vital to get this right to make sure that people don’t live in fear of homelessness because they can’t afford to meet their housing costs.
However, it was disappointing not to see any movement on the length of time people have to wait before receiving a Universal Credit payment which we know is causing great hardship to many people or any willingness to remove the local housing allowance freeze which we know is making it very hard for people to find or keep an affordable place to call home.”
The extension of strategic partnerships between Homes England and nine housing associations is welcome confirmation that government is adopting a strategic approach to meeting national housing need. These kind of partnerships provide the longer term certainly needed to plan for building new homes at scale.”