Saturday 10 December 2016

Plans for 35,000 social houses now in doubt

Sam Griffin

Published 07/11/2015 | 02:30

The Coalition's social housing plan was to build 35,000 homes over the next five years
The Coalition's social housing plan was to build 35,000 homes over the next five years

Plans to develop 35,000 social housing units will not be delivered in the timeline set out by the Government, according to housing association Clúid.

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The Coalition's social housing strategy states the homes would be built over the next five years to tackle the property crisis.

However, a lag in building the units means the targets in the early years will be missed, according to Simon Brooke from Clúid.

"It's the simple problem that there is a time lag between allocating money and that money transferring into housing.

Strategy

"A lot of the 35,000 units in the strategy will have to be new-build and that is not going to happen in the first couple of years," Mr Brooke said.

"I think the targets in the first few years will not be met. But that does not mean 'let's throw the strategy out the window'.

"Let's stick with the strategy but say 'those targets need to be back-ended'.

He also said that one impact of the housing crisis was that people with "high needs" - including those with mobility issues - are having to spend much longer time in "wholly unsuitable accommodation".

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