Next government must avert looming housing crisis, urges NFA
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Development
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The National Federation of ALMOs is calling on the UK's next government to make council housing a priority - to avert a looming housing crisis.
Published today, the NFA's 2015 Election Manifesto contains strong policy recommendations across key areas such as welfare support, new build and energy efficiency.
NFA chair Sue Roberts said: “The NFA recognises the financial and economic reality in which the next Government will have to act. We have therefore focused our asks on areas where we believe investment, regulation or a change in the way things operate could help deliver both economic growth and long term benefits, as well as in some cases immediate savings.”
In its manifesto, the NFA highlights the "importance" of investment in council housing in helping improve the lives of individual tenants, transforming whole communities and supporting economic growth. The organisation - which represents 47 ALMOs across England - re-iterates its previous call for greater investment in building new council properties to help meet the rising demand for affordable decent housing.
The NFA also outlines policies designed to tackle rising energy bills, which include establishing local social enterprise companies that support tenants wishing to switch to other providers as well as introducing other measures to encourage efficient energy use within the home.
On welfare reform the NFA believes that the controversial bedroom tax should be reformed, that making universal credit payments to landlords directly should be a ‘tenant choice’ and that more resources should be made available to give tenants financial support and advice.
It also urges all political parties to sign up to a period of stability in the welfare system in order that people and communities have time to adjust and a proper impact assessment be made of the outcomes before further changes are made.