Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Chancellor Urged To Build 80,000 Affordable Homes A Year

The Chancellor should invest in a scheme that could deliver 80,000 affordable homes a year for ‘just managing’ families in the Autumn Statement. As the UK prepares to leave the EU, JRF is also calling on the Chancellor to end the freeze on working-age benefits to help households cope with the rising cost of goods and services. The Government has said its priority will be supporting families on low incomes. JRF’s submission looks at four ways they could support that goal on November 23. A Housing White Paper is expected to be published at the same time. JRF recommends the Government invest £1.1 billion extra a year in affordable housing through a scheme called Living Rents, which links housing association and local authority rents to local wages, making them affordable to people earning the National Living Wage. Read more on the Joseph Rowntree Foundation website.

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