Funds available for affordable funding
housing must be ‘genuinely affordable’ otherwise it won’t relieve pressure and
will boost the private rented sector ‘through the back door,’ warned the CIEH.
was reacting to an announcement from the DCLG, which revealed that £7bn of
money pledged to affordable housing had been ‘unlocked’. This means that
housing providers can now apply to the fund, which should provide funding to
deliver 200,000 new homes.
department also announced the housing providers who have been allocated funding
for affordable housing to the total of £1.28bn. It added that more detail would
be revealed in the housing white paper due out later this month.
Secretary Sajid Javid said: ‘This government is committed to increasing housing
supply and halting the decline in affordability.
newly expanded affordable housing programme, turbo-charged by a multi-billion
pound investment, will allow housing associations to build more homes in places
where they are most needed, particularly for families who are just about
encouraging the delivery of more homes under a variety of tenures, we can
create a housing market which truly works for everyone, meeting the diverse
housing needs of this country.’
National Housing Federation welcomed the announcement and chief executive,
David Orr, said: ‘This funding and the relaxed restrictions for building
affordable homes will enable housing associations to provide the right mix of
while the CIEH welcomed the Government’s commitment to affordable housing, CIEH
head of policy Tony Lewis, warned that the programme must not simply turn into
a prop for the private rented sector.
said: ‘People have become increasingly reliant on the private rented sector for
housing and many because they have nowhere else to turn to. The Government’s
announcement to expand the affordable housing programme will help relieve some
of the pressure on the private rented sector, giving people more opportunities
to own their home.
this scheme is to be a success, however, affordable housing must be genuinely
affordable and has to be prioritised for those most in need. We cannot have a
situation where the private rented sector is allowed to increase through the
is a membership body for environmental health professionals, with many working
in the local authority sector inspecting conditions in the private rented
sector and enforcing regulations where problems are found.