Housing failings revealed

17 October 2011

A couple at a window

A new report from leading housing groups warns the Government is failing to deliver on its promises to boost housing supply and protect the vulnerable.

‘The Housing Report’ assesses how the coalition has fared in meeting its stated housing objectives - and finds failures across a number of areas, including ensuring sufficient housing supply, tackling homelessness and improving affordability in the private rented sector.

The report comes from The National Housing Federation, Shelter and the Chartered Institute of Housing. It rates the Government’s progress under ten main headings using a traffic light system – green for going forward, amber for no progress and red where things are getting worse.

According to today’s report, the Government has been allocated:

  • four red lights – on housing supply, homelessness, help with housing costs and affordability of the private rented sector
  • three amber lights - on planning, evictions and home ownership
  • two green lights - on empty homes and mobility within the social sector.

Campbell Robb, Shelter’s Chief Executive, said: ‘The Government’s forthcoming housing strategy must set out how it will meet the needs of the millions of people facing the nightmare of bad housing and homelessness. This report demonstrates the urgent need for new ideas and new investment in housing in order to tackle its root causes.

The current lack of decent affordable homes is one of the most pressing challenges facing the nation. Shelter has promised to hold the Government to account for its housing policies and its record on delivery.’  

Today’s report is the first edition of The Housing Report. Further editions will be released over the course of the current parliament, where the impact of recent announcements on the revival of the Right to Buy and the use of public land to boost housing supply will also be assessed.

Read a full version of The Housing Report.