LGA responds to affordability report by Affordable Housing Commission

“Housing security is critical for the health and wellbeing of families and everyone deserves a safe, secure and affordable place to call home. Today’s report shows that the scale of the unaffordability crisis is escalating - impacting on families, places, and public services."


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Cllr Martin Tett, LGA housing spokesman, responds to the report by the Affordable Housing Commission, which found that 4.8 million people face housing affordability problems.

“Housing security is critical for the health and wellbeing of families and everyone deserves a safe, secure and affordable place to call home. Today’s report shows that the scale of the unaffordability crisis is escalating - impacting on families, places, and public services.

 At the most acute end, councils are currently housing over 200,000 homeless people in temporary accommodation, including over 120,000 homeless children. The loss of an assured shorthold tenancy is the greatest reason for people becoming homeless.

“In its forthcoming Spending Review the Government needs to empower councils to support more families by adapting welfare reforms, sustainably funding councils and reforming Right to Buy so councils can resume their historic role and national housebuilders of good-quality, affordable homes.”

Notes to editors

  1. Councils in England face an overall funding gap of £8 billion by 2025. The LGA’s #CouncilsCan campaign aims to influence the forthcoming Spending Review and highlight the growing risk to vital local services if the Government does not take action to secure the financial sustainability of councils. Visit our campaign page for more information - www.local.gov.uk/spending-review-2019