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Long-term delivery of social and affordable rented housing inquiry


The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has launched a new inquiry to examine the long-term delivery of social and affordable rented housing.

The Government has set a target of delivering 300,000 new homes per year by mid-2020. However, current expectations mean that as little as 3% of this target could be social homes built by local authorities. Housing charity Shelter has warned that over 3 million new social home would need to be built over a 20 year period to address social housing need. Amounting to 150,000 new social homes per year this is significantly higher than the Government’s current plans.

The new inquiry will investigate the effectiveness of the Government’s current strategies to boost social and affordable rented housing provision. This will include the adequacy of funding levels, as well as programmes and incentives for key stakeholders, such as local authorities and housing associations, to stimulate delivery.

The Committee will also look at the challenges facing different areas of the country and consider what lessons can be learnt from successful schemes in other countries.

Reports, special reports and government responses

No reports or special reports published.

Oral evidence transcripts

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21 October 2019
Inquiry Long-term delivery of social and affordable rented housing inquiry
Witnesses Fiona Fletcher-Smith, Group Director of Development and Sales, L&Q, Clare Miller, Chief Executive, Clarion Housing Group, and Ged Walsh, Director of Development and Asset Management, Karbon Homes; Brian Robson, Executive Director (Policy and Public Affairs), Northern Housing Consortium, Matt Thomson, Head of Planning, Campaign to Protect Rural England, and Victor da Cunha, Chair, Homes for the South West (at 5.00pm).
Oral Evidence
9 September 2019
Inquiry Long-term delivery of social and affordable rented housing inquiry
Witnesses Greg Beales, Director of Communications, Policy & Campaigns, Shelter, Kate Henderson, Chief Executive, National Housing Federation, and Terrie Alafat, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Housing; Professor Ken Gibb, Director, UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence, Kathleen Scanlon, Distinguished Policy Fellow, London School of Economics, and Professor Ian Cole, Sheffield Hallam University (at 5.00pm).
Oral Evidence
Keith Lisle (SAH0078)
George Turner (SAH0043)
The Riverside Group Ltd (SAH0044)

Other publications

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