WHY HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS MUST SPEAK OUT

  • "Associations were reluctant to criticise the government, after agreeing a deal on the Right to Buy extension in September" according to Mr Healey, Labour's shadow housing minister, reports Inside Housing

    The shadow housing minister also expressed his worry:

    "The sector went quiet after doing the deal on the Right to Buy. I think it's disappointing that they made such little contribution to the public and policy debate around the Housing and Planning Bill... I want to see housing associations find their voice again."

    Mr Healey also gave a warning that with upcoming debates on housing benefit cuts and surrounding regulations, "the sector must quickly re-find its voice."

    "There was a very wide range of voices putting a lot of pressure on government on what was the Housing and Planning Bill at the time the sector could have added more to the pressure government was under, and by and large didn't," he said.

    The assistant director of member relations at the National Housing Federation also had this to say:

    "Throughout the passage of the Housing and Planning Bill, we worked publicly and behind the scenes with MPs and peers to ensure our members can continue to deliver homes for those in housing need.

    "Our analysis of LHA Cap's impact has already informed much of the debate on supported housing, including that in parliament."

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