Thursday, 17 May 2012
The government is failing to deliver on five out of ten key housing indicators set out in the second edition of the 'Housing Report'. These include housing supply, affordability of the private rented sector, overcrowding and homelessness.
The study found no change in the issues of home ownership, mobility and planning while there were improvements in empty homes and 'evictions, repossessions and arrears'.
The report urges the government to make good on its promises, in particular to ‘get Britain building’, which as well as providing much-needed homes for thousands of families, will also deliver new jobs and economic growth. It also warns ministers of the urgency of meeting the nation’s housing needs as pressures, such as falling incomes and a growing and ageing population, intensify over the coming years, putting an increasing strain on Britain’s broken housing market.
David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation, said, "Much more needs to be done to tackle this country’s dire housing crisis. Unless we build significantly more homes, it will only get worse."
"Building new homes will help fix our broken housing market and, with rising unemployment and living costs, spur economic growth by creating jobs and supporting small businesses. It’s a win/win for the taxpayer and for the millions stuck on waiting lists."
Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said, "The Housing Report shows the government’s progress in addressing our national housing crisis is limited."
"With the economy now in double dip recession, the pressures on the housing system will only increase and the government needs to step up its efforts in response and be more ambitious in its strategy to boost housing supply and activity in the wider housing sector. Addressing the housing crisis in this way would also be a much-needed and powerful stimulus to economic growth."
Jack Dromey MP, Labour's shadow housing minister, said in the Guardian the government is "...failing to help the young couples who can't get on the housing ladder. They're failing those families struggling with high rents in the private sector and the millions on waiting lists. And they're failing the increasing number of people sleeping on our streets."