The G15 welcomes “powerful” Shelter report on future of social housing

  • 14 January 2019

Homelessness charity Shelter has published a new report calling for 3 million new social homes to be built in England over the next 20 years to help solve the housing crisis.

The report – Building for our future: A vision for social housing – urges Government to deliver a “decisive and generational shift in housing policy”.

Paul Hackett, chair of the G15 and chief executive of Optivo, said:

“Shelter’s report is a timely, thought-provoking and thoroughly-researched contribution to the national debate on the future of social housing.”

“The G15 has long called on Government to recognise that social housing is vital national infrastructure, that needs longer-term funding. We therefore welcome the powerful case Shelter makes for the benefits of major investment in social housing for society, individual renters and the public purse.”

“G15 members are ready to rise to the challenge of building more genuinely affordable homes, which meet the full range of housing needs. By 2025 we intend to build 180,000 homes across a range of tenures principally across London and the South East. But with some of the reforms Shelter is proposing we could potentially do much more.”

“In particular, higher grant rates and land reform will help us up our contribution. G15 members were delighted to be offered the opportunity to submit detailed evidence to the commission and look forward to working with Shelter and others to shape national and local housing strategy over the longer-term.”

Read Shelter's report