General Election: The results are in...

The results are in and the UK has been waking up to the reality of a hung parliament. After two UK terrorist attacks within two weeks, this General Election campaign has been a strange and sombre one. There is widespread hope that a government is formed soon so that the UK can get back to a semblance of normality.

Unsurprisingly, considering the circumstances, housing issues have not had the prominence that they might otherwise have done. Despite this, according to a survey by the Chartered Institute of Housing, a majority (60%) believe that housing did get the attention it deserves ahead of the election. However, only 26% think truly affordable housing was given enough focus.

We know that the UK Government will face many challenges – more so than ever - but the housing crisis can not be ignored. We fully support the open letter (published in yesterday’s Independent) from influential housing experts that calls for action on this issue.

Theresa May is expected to form a government this afternoon albeit without the majority she had before. There will need to be a Cabinet reshuffle after several ministers lost their seats, including Gavin Barwell (previously Housing and Planning Minister).

There will inevitably be a brief period of uncertainty for the housing industry but we look forward to hearing who is appointed in his place. As YIMBYs we remain positive and will continue to work together to help solve the UK housing crisis.

Don't panic! Theresa May (left) loses several ministers, including Housing and Planning Minister (Gavin Barwell, right), as General Election results in hung parliament.

Don't panic! Theresa May (left) loses several ministers, including Housing and Planning Minister (Gavin Barwell, right), as General Election results in hung parliament.