JRF response to Shelter’s Social Housing Commission report

Responding to Shelter's Social Housing Commission report out today, Campbell Robb, Chief Executive of the independent Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said:

“Today’s Social Housing Commission report serves to remind us of how much further we need to go if we are to right the wrong of high housing costs pushing families into poverty. The Prime Minister was right to make fixing the housing market her personal mission. This year, she must deliver on this promise.

“The serious lack of affordable housing is locking families out of achieving a decent life. With high rents and housing benefit frozen, millions of families are backed into a corner, leaving them in a daily struggle to get by.

“Now is the time for the Government to step up and act upon the concerns of struggling families. The upcoming Spending Review later this year offers ministers the chance to make a real difference to people’s lives by dramatically increasing the supply of social homes that will loosen the grip of poverty for families on low incomes.”