In response to the Liberal Democrat Party’s general election manifesto, David Orr, Chief Executive at the National Housing Federation, said:
“This shows real confidence in housing associations’ ambition to deliver new homes to people in every part of the housing market.
“We welcome the focus on supply; housing associations already deliver tens of thousands of new homes for rent and sale each year and have an ambition to do much more. We estimate that £3bn of investment would support the sector to deliver up to 100,000 new affordable homes – alongside other homes for market rent and market sale.
“Housing associations already do lots to help people locked out of the housing market with schemes like shared ownership. The sector would look forward to working with the Liberal Democrats to develop the Rent to Own product further to ensure it works for both tenants and housing associations.”
“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 Liberal Democrat manifesto in full: www.libdems.org.uk/manifesto