Social housing provider Stonewater has voiced concerns in the wake of this week’s Brexit vote in the House of Commons.
Stonewater is highlighting the need for politicians to retain focus on tackling the UK’s housing crisis and avoid momentum being lost in the debate over our future relationship with the EU.
The association has a current development programme of 4,850 affordable new homes in the next four years and has “prepared for a range of Brexit scenarios” to ensure they are delivered where they are most needed.
The prime minister suffered the biggest ever Commons loss when her Brexit plan was voted down by a record majority of 230 MPs last night (15th January).
Stonewater CEO Nicholas Harris said: “We have been pleased to see the commitments made in the past year by the government to tackling the chronic shortage of affordable homes in so many areas.
“Yet, while Brexit is clearly capturing the current headlines, we must not forget the ongoing story of Britain’s housing crisis.”
He added: “The sector is doing everything possible to manage the post-Brexit impacts, but it will take a great deal of political will and focus to keep housing high on our domestic agenda.”
Last month saw the release of figures by the Office of National Statistics regarding an estimated 597 deaths of homeless people in England and Wales over 2017 – an increase of 24% over the last five years.