15 Mar 2023
Earlier today, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt delivered his Spring Budget statement to the House of Commons – ‘a budget for growth’.
Responding to the announcement by the Chancellor, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) chief executive, Gavin Smart said:
“We’re pleased to see the government taking action to support people with high energy bills, by bringing charges for pre-payment meters in line with direct debit customers and extending the current Energy Price Guarantee at the current rate for a further three months. CIH called for this as part of the End Fuel Poverty Coalition. We would however have liked to have seen more support for energy efficiency measures, helping to tackle some of the root causes of current energy pressures.
"Housing was notable by its absence. We are disappointed that the Chancellor did not use this opportunity to restore local housing allowance to the 30th percentile, as we and others had called for. The decision to leave rates frozen at 2020 levels means the affordability gap for private renters will continue to grow, resulting in increased evictions and homelessness. We would urge government to urgently look again at this, particularly given its commitments on homelessness prevention.
"We note that various changes were announced on welfare. We await the details in this in the forthcoming White Paper and will provide further briefing for members on Budget announcements over the coming days.”
We are preparing a what you need to know guide for members which will be available shortly.