More homes 'central to alleviating poverty'
As the Joseph Rowntree Foundation outlines a strategy to solve poverty by 2030 CIH deputy chief executive Gavin Smart says new housing will be key.
Gavin Smart, deputy chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said:
“We welcome the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s new strategy outlining key measures to alleviate poverty in the UK, which rightly identifies housing as a key issue.
“Too many people in the UK currently do not have access to a home they can afford. Many people, particularly under 35s, are left with no alternative but to rent in an increasingly costly private sector. Some private tenants are spending up to half of their income on rent and the end of a private tenancy is by far the biggest cause of homelessness.
“It is worrying then that our analysis shows of the £45 billion the government earmarked for housing up to 2020/21, just £2 billion was assigned to affordable housing. This situation must change if we are to making a lasting impact on poverty by 2030.”