Lloyds and Crisis demand more affordable homes

Lloyds Banking Group

In a joint statement they emphasised that access to decent quality homes is a basic part of solving homelessness

Lloyds Banking Group and the charity Crisis are demanding more genuinely affordable homes to be made available to those on the lowest income.

In a joint statement they emphasised that access to decent quality homes is a basic part of solving homelessness. But, they underlined that good quality social housing in the UK is becoming increasingly scarce, with not enough homes being built to replace those that are sold or demolished, and with too many homes in dilapidation and in poor condition.

With a acute scarcity of good, genuinely affordable homes, millions of people across the UK are trapped in poor quality housing.

Lloyds Banking Group Chief Executive Charlie Nunn said: The lack of genuinely affordable housing in our communities means that too many people are living in insecure or poor-quality conditions. Temporary accommodation should be a short-term measure but is growingly becoming the default solution.

We have partnered Crisis in calling for one million more homes for social rent by 2033 and, this World Homeless Day, want to continue working with housing sector leaders, UK cities and regions in order to help everyone access a safe and lasting home, Nunn added.

Lloyds Banking Group continues to support housing associations, working closely with them to innovate and support new social housing models (including the requirement for retrofit and sustainability of new builds).

At this week’s party conference Labour outlined plans to permit more building on parts of the green belt as a move to develop the “grey belt” – meaning the less attractive areas of the green belt like scrubland and car parks.

Labour has pledged that half of homes built on this ‘grey belt’ will be sold at an affordable price.

The party has also said it will run a consultation to pinpoint appropriate sites for new towns and areas with considerable “unmet housing need”.

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