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'Time is right for a national debate on affordability' - CIH reacts to Labour announcement


Responding to the Labour Party's report on housing, CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat has said it is time to explore what affordable really means in all parts of the country.

Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE said: "Our national housing crisis is causing real hardship for millions of people all over the country – as we have been saying for a long time, it is absolutely crucial that we focus on affordability.

"It’s not just a numbers game – yes we need to increase the number of homes we are building but we need to make sure we are building the right homes, in the right places, at the right prices.

"We know that for many people on lower incomes, the only truly affordable option is social rent – and yet not only are we failing to build enough of these homes, we are actually losing them at an alarming rate. Our research predicts we will lose 230,000 homes for social rent between 2012 and 2020, which is simply unacceptable.

"In recent years the definition of affordable housing has been stretched to breaking point for many people – the time is right for a national debate on what genuinely affordable housing should look like in all parts of the country."

  • Housing for the Many, Labour's housing green paper, is available here

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