Memorandum to the ODPM Select Committee Enquiry into Affordable Housing

By: Marc Francis  Published: May 2002


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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