Response - Homes for the Future: More Affordable, More Sustainable
By: Mark Thomas Published: October 2007
Shelter welcomes the Government's commitment to increase the number of new social rented homes to 45,000pa by 2010-11 and the goal of 50,000pa in the next Spending Review. We also welcome the Government's target to deliver 3 million new homes by 2020.
We strongly support the Government's desire to ensure that the new homes created are the right ones in the right places. This must involve consideration of:
- Design of homes and neighbourhoods
- Sustaining the environment
- Achieving mixed communities
- Increasing levels of family sized homes
- Providing adequate infrastructure
However, to tackle the affordability crisis, Government's vision for housing must go further than increasing the supply of homes. In particular, this must include:
- Reform to Housing Benefit to tackle shortfalls and poverty trap effects
- Measures to create a more stable and equitable housing market and to contain house price inflation
- Consideration of the role of the private rented sector and key related issues such as security of tenure, accessibility and housing conditions
- Reducing mortgage risks through reform to safety nets and an urgent review of the sub prime sector.