Comment on call for £42bn for housing associations

Martin Bellinger, executive chairman at Guildmore, said:

“Housing Associations are justified in demanding far more than the £2bn of investment promised by the Prime Minister. In order to deliver in the 2020s during a period of market adjustment to the Brexit shock, it is reasonable to ask for more financial support. However, this has to come with a clear strategy for delivery in areas of most need, otherwise we are going to systemically fail, as up to now, to deliver the right number of affordable homes we need. Investment in social housing is as welcome as ever, but reforms to planning and a clear role for local authorities in delivering homes is vital to make the most out of this money.”