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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

Points West: Homes for Britain – help us end the housing crisis in a generation

19/12/2014


The next general election is the time to make it happen. That is why organisations from across every corner of the housing world have joined forces to create the Homes for Britain campaign.

This campaign has been launched because we know something needs to be done about our country’s housing crisis.

In the South West we know that:

  • Private renters are paying 35% of their earnings on rent – the third highest rent-to-income ratio in the country
  • The average house price is now close to £230,000 but in some places that rises to £300,000 and beyond
  • Average earnings in the region are among the lowest in England, making house prices on average nearly ten times annual incomes

It is clear that we have a severe housing crisis in the South West. It has been decades in the making and short-term initiatives aren’t going to fix it for this generation, or the next.

Homes for Britain unites the whole housing market, from private landlords to homelessness charities, all saying the same thing to make ourselves heard in the run up to the general election. What are we saying? We are calling for the next government to commit to end the housing crisis within a generation and to publish a long-term plan setting out how they will achieve this within a year of taking office.

It’s all about making a big splash across the whole country, grabbing the attention of politicians and the public alike. That’s how we’ll create the space for a proper debate on how to solve the housing crisis, once and for all.

The Chartered Institute of Housing is helping to lead the campaign and we need your help.

There are a number of major milestones along the road to election day that we want you to get involved in. This includes saying Ho Ho Homes for Britain this Christmas.  We’re asking CIH members to send their prospective MPs a festive e-card  asking them to commit to ending the housing crisis within a generation. It should take less than two minutes to complete, but make a big impact in getting our voices heard.

We hope you will be as excited as we are about being part of this vital campaign. For more information contact Jenny Allen on jenny.allen@housing.org.uk or telephone 0117 9297288.


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