To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many times he has visited families living in social housing; and what steps he will take to fast track the building of social housing.
2 June 2021
The Government's Charter for Social Housing Residents (published in November 2020) was informed by an extensive programme of engagement with residents, during which Ministers met almost 1,000 residents at events across England. The Charter includes a clear commitment to ongoing Ministerial engagement with residents, to ensure that residents are kept at the heart of future policymaking. As part of this, the Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing met residents of the G15 group of housing associations in May and a programme of face-to-face visits is being planned for when coronavirus restrictions allow
The Government is committed to increasing the supply of affordable housing and is investing over £12 billion in affordable housing over 5 years, the largest investment in affordable housing in a decade. This includes the new £11.5 billion Affordable Homes Programme, which will leverage up to £38 billion of private finance and provide up to 180,000 new homes across the country, should economic conditions allow.