Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas says new affordable homes plan neglects renters
PUBLISHED: 15:00 14 September 2020
The government’s latest Affordable Homes Programme neglects renters, according to Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas.
Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has said this latest offering — announced last week — will be “the highest single funding commitment to affordable housing in a decade”.
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Howevever, Mr Cruddas believes the shift towards shared ownership outlined by the programme will prejudice renters: “Home ownership is great for those who can afford it but for the thousands of local people who can’t there needs to be a major increase in new homes at rents which are affordable. The evidence is there from the many people in desperate housing need who come to me for help.“
The programme — set to run between 2021-2026 — aims to build up to 180,000 affordable homes nationwide.
Four of the £12bn is ringfenced for London, a decrease of £800,000 when compared to the previous programme’s award.
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