We finally have a government! The Conservatives and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) have taken 18 days since the General Election to agree a deal which keeps Theresa May in power, albeit leading a Conservative minority administration.
Whatever your political views, it is important that a government of some sort is in place in order to get on with the job of addressing the UK’s housing crisis.
Before the election, all of the major parties promised to build significantly more homes every year to help alleviate pressures on housing stock – at last…something that they can all agree on! Now to get on and do it…
But it is not just down to the politicians to ensure more homes are built – there are a wide range of important players. Housing 2017 (organised by the CiH) took place this week, over three days in Manchester, and was a timely opportunity to bring together housing associations, local authorities, housebuilders, funders, contractors and advisors.
There was one notable absentee though – the new Housing and Planning Minister, Alok Sharma MP. Apparently it is the first time in 22 years that a Housing Minister has missed the event. It will be important to keep the pressure on decision-makers to ensure that providing new homes is at the top of the political agenda.
According to an Ipsos MORI poll (carried out in conjunction with CiH), at least 73% of people believe that there is a UK housing crisis. In particular, a clear majority do not believe that there is enough housing to buy or rent in their local area.
The solution is simple. We need these people to support building more homes in their local area. UK YIMBY will help people to do this. If you know of someone who agrees that there is a UK housing crisis, tell them that there is something that they can do and get them to sign up with UK YIMBY.