Priorities for the new government

Whatever our political persuasion, we had the opportunity to make our voice heard in what was billed as a “once in a generation” election.

Hand holding a cutout of a house

For some, the result will be disappointing, while others will no doubt be pleased with today’s outcome.

I think what we can all agree on is the need to see an end to the extreme divisions and uncertainty that has dominated recent times.

I very much hope we are entering a new phase of clarity, co-operation, and unity. In our sector alone there is so much to focus on; the huge challenge of delivering the vast number of homes this country so desperately needs will take vision, partnership, and a real commitment from the new government.

We look forward to working with the new government at all levels and with our local MPs to help shape the detail of housing policy and be part of the solution to provide the
affordable homes that are so badly needed, by so many.

What do housing associations need from government?

First, we need stability and certainty so that we can make long-term decisions that rely on long-term investment.

Continued certainty over the rent settlement and grant availability for developing affordable housing are key.

Second, clear guidance on new regulations for building and fire safety are needed as soon as possible.

Third, to meet the challenge of building the number of new affordable homes that are needed we have to be able to demonstrate continued financial strength and attract new investment that supports our versatility, innovation, and ambition as developers.

Investment in building affordable housing is a proven way of effectively supporting the UK economy over the long term, building much-needed homes, as well as safeguarding and creating jobs.

More also needs to be done to help developers future-proof new homes to provide low-carbon heating, meet high standards of energy efficiency, and ultimately deliver our carbon-neutral goals.

All are essential to help customers who rent or buy an affordable home from us to manage their finances, while also addressing the environmental crisis facing us all.

As a sector, we are open to new ways of working in challenging environments, we take pride in building long-term partnerships, and we employ and house a large percentage of the population.

We need the government to work with us and listen to us to support new ideas and models.

After all, the government’s aims closely reflect Stonewater’s own vision of ensuring everyone has the opportunity to have a place that they can call home.

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