Crisis responds to government's white paper on housing

8 February 2017

Responding to the white paper on housing, Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis, said:

“We welcome the government’s commitment to homelessness prevention, and particularly the announcement of a new network of experts working closely with local authorities, which will help to inform best practice as and when the Homelessness Reduction Bill finally becomes law.

“The white paper also includes some helpful steps towards building more affordable homes for rent, but the government needs to be more ambitious if it is to genuinely fix private renting and make it work for those on the lowest incomes. 

“In particular we want to see longer tenancies applied not just to new builds, but also to existing homes. This is crucial for homeless people and those on the brink of homelessness, who need the stability of a longer tenancy to plan and rebuild their lives.

“The loss of a private tenancy is now the leading cause of homelessness, and while the government clearly acknowledges the link between housing supply and homelessness, this White Paper could go much further to address the root causes of the housing shortage.”

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For further information, call 020 7426 3853 or email thomas.phillips@crisis.org.uk. For out-of-hours media enquiries please call: 07973 372587 

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