Lack of housebuilding in England a worrying concern says CIEH

Publication Date: 19th January 2017

Subject: Housing

Following the National Audit Office’s report into the overview of the housing market in England, Tony Lewis, Head of Policy at CIEH, said:  

“The fact that housebuilding in England has not kept pace is a worrying concern and puts increasing pressure on the private rented sector, which is already fit to burst. 

"Housing, and good quality housing in particular, is a fundamental need of people. It promotes health, wellbeing, community stability and cohesion. 

“While the housing market as a whole is complex and there is no simple solution to this crisis, lessons from the last 50 years show that the market is unable on its own to provide sustainable solutions. It is therefore time for the Government to stop prevaricating and commit to a long-term cross-party investment strategy to build more homes, especially affordable housing, including social housing, to really help those in need.” 


Notes to editors  

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