Focus on housing in Autumn Statement ‘a big step in the right direction’
Measures to support housing announced in the Autumn Statement represent a 'big step in the right direction', CIH has said.
Terrie Alafat CBE, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “Given the scale of our housing crisis the central focus on housing in the government’s Autumn Statement today is a significant step in the right direction.”
She continued: “The measures announced today demonstrate this is a government which recognises housing is a key part of our infrastructure and that it brings economic benefits. It also shows this is a government which is serious about its commitment to help the many thousands of people struggling to get access to a decent, affordable home.
“The extra investment to support the building of 40,000 new affordable homes and the greater flexibility in funding for housing providers to build homes of all tenures, both of which we had asked for, are particularly welcome. It is also pleasing to see largescale investment in infrastructure to support new house building.
“We would, however, have liked to see more to support people who need housing the most, with more funding diverted specifically to support social rents and a strategic rethink on welfare measures we believe make housing inaccessible to a significant number of individuals and families.”
On banning letting agent fees:
“We know that current letting agent fees are simply too high for many people. Removing that barrier will make it easier for them to get access to a home.”
On changes to Universal Credit:
“The scaling back of plans to cut Universal Credit is a positive step. We have argued previously that the government’s proposal would remove the work incentives that are an integral part of this policy. We are however urging the government to look at all of its welfare policies to make sure they don’t undermine its ambition to create a country which works for everyone.”