Government fails to “get Britain building”
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by Gill Montia
The UK’s leading housing groups have warned that the Government is failing to tackle the country’s growing housing crisis.
In a collaborative report, the National Housing Federation, Shelter and The Chartered Institute of Housing highlight five key areas in need of urgent as follows:
Affordability of the private rented sector; help with housing costs; homelessness; housing supply; overcrowding.
The report comes alongside new figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government showing that house building starts in England fell to 24,140 in the March quarter 2012, with the total down 11% on the previous three months.
Private housing starts declined 8%, whilst starts by housing associations plummeted by 21%.
The report urges the Government to make good its promise to “get Britain building”, to provide much-needed homes for thousands of families, as well as delivering new jobs and economic growth.
Shelter’s director of communications, policy and campaigns, Kay Boycott, says: “Every day Shelter sees families up and down the country whose lives are being torn apart by the shortage of affordable homes.”
Adding: “We must now see progress made on the commitments outlined in November’s Housing Strategy and bolder action taken to make sure families across the country can find a decent place to call home.”
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