Housing and the General Election

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5May

uk-election-ballot-box_W220In the run-up to the general election, BHT’s Chief Executive, Andy Winter, has written a number of blog posts about housing and homelessness.

In summary, Andy has written about the scale of the supply and affordability problem in Brighton and Hove, saying that it requires radical approaches. Amongst the measures he proposes are the need to:

Build, build, build

Shift subsidies from revenue support through housing benefit to investment in bricks and mortar

End, not extend, the Right to Buy

You can click on any of the links above to see what Andy has said about each of these issues.

Andy has also prepared a helpful summary of what the main political parties are saying in their manifestos regarding homelessness.

andy winterFor the first time in many years, housing is on the agenda at this general election. How the parties respond to the housing crisis facing Britain will determine how some people decide to vote. I believe that all parties are falling well short of what is needed.

Most parties are talking about affordable homes, but these homes would be rented at 80% of the market rate which is no longer affordable to many people on low and middle incomes.

We need imaginative solutions from brave politicians who have a vision for a nation that is able to house all its people in truly affordable homes.

Andy Winter, BHT Chief Executive

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