JRF responds to the Housing Bill: The Government cannot end the housing crisis through a focus on home ownership alone

Responding to the Housing Bill published today, 13 October, chief executive of the independent Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), Julia Unwin said:

“The Government cannot end the housing crisis through a focus on home ownership alone. While increasing the number of starter homes will help some young buyers onto the housing ladder, the Housing Bill would only be effective if it included plans to increase the number of secure, stable and affordable homes across all tenures. People need a variety of stable housing options: too many are being forced into the bottom end of the private rented sector with higher rents and less security.

While action to give Local Authorities greater powers to identify and tackle rogue landlords could help to drive up conditions in the Private Rented Sector, there is still an urgent need for a much more ambitious plan to supply genuinely affordable homes for sale and rent.”