New housing report says Government 'failing to deliver'

By staff writers
20 Oct 2011

A new report from leading housing groups says the Government is failing to deliver on its promises to boost housing supply and protect the vulnerable.

‘The Housing Report’ is a new project aimed at holding the Government to account for the promises it has made across a range of areas of housing policy. It assesses how the coalition has fared in meeting its stated housing objectives - and finds failures across a number of areas, including ensuring sufficient housing supply, tackling homelessness and improving affordability in the private rented sector.

The report, which uses official data to establish what has been achieved and where more attention and greater effort is required, comes from The National Housing Federation, Shelter and the Chartered Institute of Housing. It rates the Government’s progress under ten main headings using a traffic light system – green for going forward, amber for no progress and red where things are getting worse.

According to today’s report, the Government has been allocated:

four red lights – on housing supply, homelessness, help with housing costs and affordability of the private rented sector

three amber lights - on planning, evictions and home ownership

two green lights - on empty homes and mobility within the social sector.

Campbell Robb, the Chief Executive of Shelter, said: "The Government’s forthcoming housing strategy must set out how it will meet the needs of the millions of people facing the nightmare of bad housing and homelessness. This report demonstrates the urgent need for new ideas and new investment in housing in order to tackle its root causes."

He continued, "The current lack of decent affordable homes is one of the most pressing challenges facing the nation. Shelter has promised to hold the Government to account for its housing policies and its record on delivery."

David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation, which represents housing associations in England, said: "It is clear from the first edition of The Housing Report that much more needs to be done in order to resolve this country’s dire housing crisis. With the number of new homes being built at a record low and more people reliant on housing benefit to find a place to live, it is time for ministers to show their words will be backed up by actions and results."

Today’s report is the first edition of The Housing Report. Further editions will be released over the course of the current parliament, where the impact of recent announcements on the revival of the Right to Buy and the use of public land to boost housing supply will also be assessed.

The first edition of The Housing Report can be read here: http://england.shelter.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/387992/The_Hou...

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