Industry Big Hitters Tear Down Coalition Housing Policy

The coalition government has failed us massively; more specifically it has failed to do anything useful to combat the many problems in the country's housing situation...

The coalition government has failed us massively; more specifically it has failed to do anything useful to combat the many problems in the country's housing situation. These scathing comments do not come from us, nor are they "anecdotal evidence", but from such industry big hitters as National Housing Federation, the Chartered Institute of Housing and the charity Shelter – it's a good job there isn't an election just around the corner, oh, that's right there is.

The report said that despite many new initiatives in the past two and a half years there has been very little achievement. Overcrowding, homelessness, housing costs and private rental affordability have all gotten worse according to the report, and no progress has been made on housebuilding, planning approvals and home ownership levels.

In the plus column the report pointed out the government's success in bringing more empty properties back into use, and that evictions, repossessions and mortgage arrears had all fallen since May 2010, partly thanks to continued low interest rates.

The organisations suggested that the government should "switch its focus from policy making to delivery", especially in order to increase the number of new homes being built.

David Orr, NHF chief executive, said: "It has been a whole year since the government promised it would get Britain building again in its housing strategy. We have the words and the policies but we have not had delivery."

Grainia Long, CIH chief executive, said: "The case for investing in housing is well-accepted by the government. But unless this translates into delivery of new homes or regeneration of empty homes then we won't be able to house the 5m additional households likely to be created within the next two decades."

Campbell Robb, Shelter chief executive, added: "Young people and families are finding it impossible to get an affordable home of their own, no matter how hard they work and save."

- Friday 23 November 2012

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