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General election poll - housing still isn't getting enough attention

12/12/2019


Our members' opinion panel has spoken! By a large majority members think housing hasn't had enough attention in the election campaign.

 

Overall 62 per cent disagreed or strongly disagreed that housing has achieved the attention it deserves in the election campaign, compared to just 22 per cent who agreed it had.

And when it came to the attention affordability had in the parties' manifestos, 59 per cent said this hadn't had sufficient focus in the manifestos, while only 12 per cent ssaid it had.

When we asked about manifesto measures that would be most important in solving the housing crisis, housebuilding and planning measures (including social housebuilding) from all parties scored highly. For the Conservatives, the pledge to bring forward a white paper, new regulation, a committment to improving tenant involvement, and building safety and to reform the private rented sectors were mentioned, while for Labour members picked out ending right to buy, abolishing universal credit and restoring local housing rates. CIH has previously called for many of these measures.

What our poll results show is that while the parties are thinking about housing - and listening to CIH and other housing and homelessness organisations - they still aren't giving the issue, and oir housing and homelessness crisis, the attention it deserves. so we have to keep raising the issue - whoever wins the election today.

 


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