Inquiry commences into long-term delivery of affordable housing

The first session is due to investigate the effectiveness of government’s current strategies to boost affordable rented housing provision.


As reported by 24housing, the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee recently launched a new inquiry to examine the long-term delivery of social and affordable rented housing (31st May).

Now, the Committee is due to hold its first session (9th September), hearing from campaigners representing Shelter, the Chartered Institute of Housing, the National Housing Federation, and academics.

The new inquiry sets to examine the effectiveness of the government’s current strategies to boost social and affordable housing provision.

This will include the adequacy of grant funding levels, as well as programmes and incentives for key stakeholders, such as local authorities and housing associations, to stimulate delivery.

In its first session, the Committee has said that it will investigate the “scale of the challenge” facing the government and the options available for increasing provision of social and affordable rented housing.

It will also set out the key themes of the inquiry and investigate how funding and planning policy can support social housing providers to increase capacity, as well as looking at the impact of Right To Buy on the wider sector.

Held in the Thatcher Room in Portcullis House, the first set of evidence will hear from:

  • Greg Beales, Director of Communications, Policy & Campaigns, Shelter
  • Kate Henderson, CEO, National Housing Federation
  • Terrie Alafat, CEO, Chartered Institute of Housing
  • Professor Ken Gibb, Director, UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence
  • Kathleen Scanlon, Distinguished Policy Fellow, London School of Economics
  • Professor Ian Cole, Sheffield Hallam University

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