Magazine article Public Finance

Now Ministers Must Sort out Housing Crisis, Says Shelter

Magazine article Public Finance

Now Ministers Must Sort out Housing Crisis, Says Shelter

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Sweeping changes to the government's housing department have created the perfect opportunity to revive stalled building plans, a leading homeless charity has said.

In an interview with Public Finance in advance of a Public Management and Policy Association lecture on May 10, Adam Sampson, director of Shelter, urged the new Department for Communities and Local Government to review its house-building commitments and free resources for 20,000 extra social housing units per year.

Sampson said that despite strong support for house building under New Labour, some 'key members' of the former Office of the Deputy Prime Minister - responsible for housing before Prime Minister Tony Blair's recent reshuffle - had partially stymied attempts to tackle shortages of affordable housing.

But Sampson praised Blair for retaining housing minister Yvette Cooper, described as 'capable of delivering the necessary housing reforms to overcome a supply crisis'. …

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