On 23 November, Philip Hammond will deliver the Government’s Autumn Statement setting out the Government’s spending plans for the next few years. The government has signalled that it will be something of a “reset” of George Osborne’s plans; Theresa May has said that she wants the Government to help families who are “just managing”; and Ministers have signalled that they want the housing investment programme to support a range of tenures. A Housing White Paper is promised for the end of the year also.Read more
Council house-building renaissance would save post-Brexit Britain billions
Building 100,000 social rent homes a year would save the country billions whatever happens to the economy post-Brexit according to new research published today by a group of housing organisations.
Research by City consultancy Capital Economics for a coalition of housing organisations has assessed the impact of future investment in council house-building on the UK economy in the light of Brexit.Read more
HOUSING ORGANISATIONS SAY MINISTERS SHOULD THINK AGAIN ABOUT UNFAIR RENT HIKES FOR HARD-WORKING COUNCIL TENANTS
As the Government’s Housing Bill approaches the next stage in its bumpy ride through the House of Lords, tenant and housing campaigners have called on Ministers to drop proposals (labelled “Pay to Stay”) announced in George Osborne’s 2015 Budget to charge unaffordable market rents to households in council homes earning as little as £30,000 a year. They have published a report using tenants’ own words to explain why the policy is wrong.
The full report can be read by clicking on this link.
Ahead of the Housing and Planning Bill moving to the House of Lords, SHOUT - the campaign for genuinely affordable social housing, has updated its Parliamentary Briefing on the areas of the new legislation which pose challenges to the core goals of our campaign -providing safe and decent homes that people can afford to live in.
Our research on the Bill as it stands can be read by clicking here.
This briefing covers issues around Starter Homes, the Pay To Stay policy, the extension of the Right To Buy to Housing associations, the mandatory sale of high value council properties and the deregulation of housing associations. Although many of the peers involved in the debate will have extensive knowledge about the far-reaching consequences of the Bill, SHOUT encourages all our followers to make as many of them as possible aware of the issues before the debate, which may be happening as early as next week, commencing 25/01/2016.
“We choose to build.” Up to a point, Chancellor
George Osborne’s spin doctors were obviously working hard yesterday to give political correspondents a preview of the Autumn Statement’s announcements about housing. Or parts of it, anyway. Talk of “400,000 new homes”, “doubling the budget for affordable housing,” and over £6billion of spending, sound great and the coverage was largely uncritical. But we in SHOUT fear that short term presentational success may be the most successful feature of today’s announcements.
In response to the Housing Bill, SHOUT has compiled a Parliamentary Briefing addressing the issues presented in the Bill as it currently stands. Our briefing can be read here.
This is a forensic look at the implications for the existing measures detailed in the Bill and a range of suggestions that the SHOUT campaign feels will make the creation of homes that people can genuinely afford to buy or rent a realistic prospect.
We welcome Policy Exchange's recent comments on Inside Housing. They've given us a chance to correct some of the things that aren't quite correct in their analysis, and to let you all know what the SHOUT campaign is shaping up to do next.
There's been a buoyant mood around the SHOUT campaign over the last couple of months. Although all the supporters have been busy with the roles they hold outside campaigning to provide homes that people can afford to live in, the team recently held a meeting to decide future direction.Read more
This autumn, the Treasury will be sorting out what is going to happen to public spending over the rest of the Parliament. They’ve asked anyone who thinks they have something to say to contribute so (with our friends at National Federation of ALMOs, TPAS and Placeshapers), we thought “why not?” After all, the report Capital Economics did for us and NFA talks the Treasury’s language.Read more
Everybody involved with SHOUT is very proud of the report we jointly commissioned with National Federation of ALMOs and the great reception it has had, but the hard work continues.
We would love all of our supporters to get involved with the campaign and one easy way is to do so is to spare five minutes of your time and follow these six easy steps.
By emailing your MP and asking them to read the Building New Social Rent Homes report you will be helping to raise awareness of all the economic and social benefits that building social housing can bring.
We've even drafted an example email to save you time. Click here to see our easy guide to sending that email and giving yourself a voice.Read more
We are very pleased to announce the launch of the Capital Economics research that shows the fiscal and economic sense for building homes for social rent. You can read the report by clicking here.
Since its launch the SHOUT campaign for social housing, in association with the National Federation of ALMOs, have been working to demonstrate that there are long term economic benefits of investing for the future through the construction of homes at social rents.
This research has been conducted by the leading independent macroeconomic research company, “Capital Economics”. Throughout, the SHOUT campaign has been a cross-party initiative, promoting the value of housing at social rents across the political spectrum. Today, this report makes the economic case for investing in homes that are let at genuinely affordable rents.Read more