David Montague

Now what?

So it's a hung parliament. Now what? Do we get Theresa May's 1.2 million homes or Corbyn's 1 million homes or Farron's 300,000 homes each year? All of them? Or none of them?
Published on 09/06/2017

So it's a hung parliament. Now what? Do we get Theresa May's 1.2 million homes or Corbyn's 1 million homes or Farron's 300,000 homes each year? All of them? Or none of them?

It looks like we are heading for a period of uncertainty and indecisiveness. We know for sure that Housing Minister Gavin Barwell has gone. That is the only thing we can be sure of.

Except one other thing. Whoever forms the next government, we face a housing crisis. Government can make it better or worse. All parties seem to be serious about making it better.

But the housing crisis can't wait. We are long term social businesses. We can see beyond the current political and economic cycle. Fuelled by our social purpose and propelled by our independence and determination we don't have to wait for the next government to form.

Should people living on sofas, in temporary accommodation and in doorways wait? Should families wait before they form? Should people's hopes and dreams of a home of their own be put on hold? No, and nor should we.

Housing associations have a strong relationship with the Mayor in London. We have an opportunity to develop equally strong relationships with a new generation of City Mayors. And we have been working with local authorities for centuries.

So let's get on with it. We will work with and talk to anyone who wants to solve the housing crisis. And however difficult, however uncertain things may be, that doesn't change our resolve.

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