Memorandum to the ODPM Select Committee Enquiry into Affordable Housing

By: Marc Francis  Published: May 2002


Shelter submitted evidence (May 2002) to the ODPM's Urban Affairs sub-committee inquiry into affordable housing in 2002, and supplementary evidence (September 2002) when the Committee reconvened later that year.

Summary

Shelter argued that it was necessary for the Treasury Spending Review to allocate significant additional capital investment in affordable housing.

If investment were not forthcoming, Shelter estimated a shortfall of up to 37,000 affordable homes, each year.

There were also policy areas where Shelter believes a real difference could be made without significantly increasing public expenditure including:

  • improving the planning system
  • promoting innovative construction techniques
  • modernising the private rented sector and
  • reforming the Right to Buy system.

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