24 Jul 2023

CIH's response to government's long term plan for housing

This morning Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities presented the government's long term plan for housing setting out further plans for regeneration, inner-city densification and housing delivery across England.

CIH's chief executive Gavin Smart was at Kings Place in London for the speech and commented:

"We welcome some of the measures announced today and the recognition that long term problems need long term solutions but we would have liked to see a greater focus on much needed social housing.

“Analysis shows we need 90,000 new homes for social rent each year for the next 15 years but we’re a long way off delivering this. Without investment in social house building we’ll continue to see housing waiting lists grow and will continue to spend huge amounts of money subsidising poor quality housing.

“It's time for a long-term cross cutting strategy, backed by government investment, focussed on delivering more homes in the right places that people can afford. Everyone should have access to a decent and affordable home from which to build their lives."