In response to the Labour Party’s general election manifesto, Ruth Davison, Executive Director of Public Impact at the National Housing Federation, said:
“We welcome the Labour Party’s focus on housing and its ambition to build the affordable housing the nation needs. Housing associations will be key partners with whoever forms the next government in delivering these new homes, already building around 40,000 a year.
“Housing associations also share the ambition to drive up standards in the private rented sector. They have already offered to work with the new government to ensure families who rent get a better deal by offering longer tenancies, professional maintenance services and transparency around rent increases.
“The Labour Party are right to recognise the links between housing, infrastructure and construction skills – and we look forward to hearing more detail on an industrial and skills strategy. Housing associations have ambitious skills and training programmes, and are keen to ensure they are used to support those most in need.
“We also support the move to reverse the abolition of housing benefit for 18 to 21 year olds. This will help ensure young people on low incomes are better able to meet their housing costs and give housing associations the confidence to keep offering this much needed accommodation.”
Read the Labour manifesto here.