Fight for £300m affordable housing fund

The National Community Land Trust Network, the UK Cohousing Network and the Confederation of Cooperative Housing, are urging parties to commit to a five-year fund set up last year.

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Political battles over spending pledges put a £300m fund for new affordable housing projects at risk, campaigners claim.

The National Community Land Trust Network, the UK Cohousing Network and the Confederation of Cooperative Housing are urging parties to commit to a five-year fund set up last year to boost their work.

That fund was launched in December to provide small, community-led housing groups with extra resources to scale-up  building plans.

Now the groups worry the money won’t be coming.

Catherine Harrington, director of the National CLT Network, said community-led housing had the potential to make a “unique contribution” to solving Britain’s housing crisis.

“But it needs long-term political support in order to deliver a new generation of affordable homes across the country.

“In the last year, real progress has been made, with the announcement of a £300m Community Housing Fund and ‘discretion’ from the Right to Buy, but the general election has put it all at risk.

“We’re now calling on all parties to commit to continue the Community Housing Fund for the next four years, and to exempt community housing groups from the Right to Buy – we look forward to working closely with the next government to promote community-led housing.”

The call reflects concern in the at Conservative Party pledge to extend the “Right to Buy” policy, and how it might affect the tenancy and ownership arrangements established on community developments.

In 2016, the sector was given “discretion” from the extension of Right to Buy to housing associations, but community housing groups are now pressing for a full exemption.

 

 

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