With the general election less than 60 days away, housing leaders in Wolverhampton have joined the Homes for Britain campaign to call for all political parties commit to ending the housing crisis within a generation..
Experts are warning that Britain needs to build around 245,000 new homes every year to keep up with demand, yet in 2013 under half that amount were built. This lack of new housing is pushing up prices, and pushing people beyond their means.
In the West Midlands, recent figures suggest that tackling the housing 'crisis' would boost the economy by £263million. The National Housing Federation also said 5,600 full-time jobs would be created if more affordable homes were built.
Homes for Britain is being backed by thousands of people across the country who have joined forces with organisations from every corner of the housing world – including Wolverhampton Homes – the company which manages more than 23,000 council houses in the city on behalf of the city council.
Now housing leaders in Wolverhampton are joining the call to bring an end to the housing crisis and are teaming up with housing associations, architects, private developers, planners and estate agents as part of the Homes for Britain campaign to demand that the next government publishes a long-term plan setting out how it will end the housing crisis within the next generation.
Sue Roberts MBE, a council tenant in Wolverhampton for more than 40 years and Chair of the Wolverhampton Homes board said:
We’ve got no idea who’s going to have the keys to Number 10 on 8th May but what we do know is that for decades, as a country we’ve failed to build enough new homes - homes which ordinary people can afford. This needs to change – and it needs to change now.
In Wolverhampton, there are more than 12,000 people on the council’s waiting list. The council has done remarkably well to get the first new homes in more than 30 years built – but we really need whoever is in government from May to free councils up to build more. We need to tackle the underlying causes of the housing crisis – that’s why we’re campaigning for the next government to publish a long-term plan, within a year of taking office, that commits them to ending the housing crisis within a generation”.”
Councillor Peter Bilson, the City of Wolverhampton’s housing lead added:
There is a real opportunity here for whoever is in power after the election. We know there are potentially huge economic benefits to this and whether it’s young people looking to start a family, families who are growing or older people desperate for a more suitable-sized home, there’s so much more as a country we could do to make people’s lives easier – that’s the challenge to whoever is in Downing Street after the election."
For more information, visit the Homes for Britain website.
- Last Updated: Thursday, 12 March 2015 12:30
- Published: Thursday, 12 March 2015 09:40