Look­ing for­ward to tack­ling hous­ing

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

NOW the dust has set­tled af­ter the gen­eral elec­tion, I wanted to take this op­por­tu­nity to con­grat­u­late Mr Boris John­son MP on the re­cent elec­tion.

Af­ford­ing a home is tough for many peo­ple in Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip. At an av­er­age of £286,511, house prices are 12 times the av­er­age take home pay of peo­ple who live in the area. Rents in the pri­vate sec­tor are no bet­ter – tak­ing up an av­er­age of 50% of lo­cal peo­ple’s pay checks. For many, buy­ing a home of their own is a dis­tant dream.

We have a hous­ing cri­sis and at its heart is the re­al­ity that not nearly enough homes have been built for gen­er­a­tions. Hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tions are a key part of the so­lu­tion to this cri­sis both across the coun­try and in Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip. They build 45,000 homes a year – for rent, for sale and shared own­er­ship – but want to do much more. Their vi­sion

is to de­liver 120,000 of the 245,000 homes this coun­try des­per­ately needs each year by 2033.

The Na­tional Hous­ing Fed­er­a­tion rep­re­sents over 1,000 hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tions that pro­vide homes to more than five mil­lion peo­ple across the coun­try. Our new Gov­ern­ment has com­mit­ted to end the hous­ing cri­sis within a gen­er­a­tion, now it must free up land and pro­vide proper in­vest­ment.

We look for­ward to sup­port­ing and work­ing with Mr Boris John­son MP in Par­lia­ment to solve the hous­ing cri­sis.

DAVID ORR Na­tional Hous­ing Fed­er­a­tion

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