14 Jul

NHF calls for more affordable housing

NHF calls for more affordable housing

There is still a real need for more social housing, according to the National Housing Federation (NHF).

Spokesperson Joe Dumont acknowledged that property prices have fallen recently, but said they grew at such a rapid rate over the past decade that most homes are still out of reach for people on low or middle incomes.

He added that there are currently 1.6 million families on council waiting lists for affordable housing and thousands of people in unsuitable accommodation.

"We have a shortage of affordable housing for sale; we have a desperate shortage of affordable housing for social rent so it is absolutely vital that we build as many affordable homes as we possibly can," Mr Dumont stated.

The Department for Communities and Local Government recently announced a number of measures designed to encourage developers to build more affordable homes, including a national clearing house for unsold stock.

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