Sat17Mar LONDON rally & National Homes for Britain campaign

Tony Gosling tony at
Fri Feb 6 23:10:23 GMT 2015

Homes for Britain

Our campaign brings together all those who 
believe everyone has a right to a decent 
affordable home to call their own. Our support 
comes from people across the country and we’ve 
joined forces with organisations from every corner of the housing world.
Why are we doing this?

For decades we have failed to build enough new 
homes. We are currently only building half the 
number we need every year. The statistics are 
concerning but behind them are those stories that 
have become the fabric of modern British life. We all know them.

Many of us can’t start a family because we can’t afford to move.
Many adults still live with parents, our first home still a distant dream.
Many of us live in overcrowded homes, struggle to 
afford to keep a roof over our heads, or even become homeless.

The housing crisis is affecting people from all 
walks of life and all parts of the country.
Why now?

The time has come to end the housing crisis. For 
the sake of the next generation we must act now.

The General Election 2015 offers that opportunity 
to show politicians that the public want to see 
solutions to build the homes we need and take 
action until everyone has a decent affordable home.
What are we asking for?

We are calling on all political parties to commit 
to end the housing crisis within a generation.

This will require real action that starts now and 
doesn’t stop until everyone has a decent affordable home to call their own.

We want the next government to publish a 
long-term plan for housing within a year of 
taking office that sets out how they will end the 
housing crisis within a generation.

So we’ll speak with one voice.

We’ll demand our politicians ensure we’re 
building the homes we need to end the housing crisis.

We’ll tell them that we expect them continue to 
take action until everyone has a decent affordable home.
Our supporters?

As well as the support of people across the 
country the Homes for Britain campaign brings 
together organisations from every corner of the housing world.

It is led by eight organisations:
National Housing Federation
Chartered Institute of Housing
Home Builders Federation
National House Building Council
Royal Institute of British Architects
Residential Landlords Association
Royal Town Planning Institute

Hundreds of other housing organisations are 
actively involved in the campaign. These include 
everyone from Shelter and Generation Rent to the 
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Town 
and Country Planning Association.

The housing crisis can be solved, we just need leadership

“I often joke that since buying property is so 
far out of my reach I’m actually quite lucky. 
I’ve been spared the agony of it all, from the 
harsh realisation of what your average industry 
wages can afford you, to the powerlessness of not 
knowing how to improve your lot. That said, media 
headlines warning of property bubbles and 
phenomenal prices for a windowless, shoebox on 
the side of a roundabout do remind me of the 
situation very often. It’s my friends who I feel 
sorry for; mainly the couples looking to make the 
move to settle down and scrambling desperately to 
‘get on the ladder’ and build their lives here.

“I think given the spiralling state of the 
situation here in London it is virtually 
impossible for a single person to attempt to buy 
anywhere on their own and do so without some 
financial backing (whether that’s help from 
parents or selling a kidney). I wouldn’t even 
know where to begin to try to make it a 
possibility in the immediate future. Housing is 
one of the biggest problem this capital faces; 
not only is it detrimental to its future, but 
also to the potential of its community as people 
get squeezed out. London is not just an economic 
hub for a myriad of industries, it is an 
incredible city where a whole mix of people live 
together – it has something for everyone and it should stay that way.

“There are solutions available – whether that’s 
sensible, environmentally sound, affordable house 
building initiatives, or straight-forward rent 
capping/monitoring systems – but I think we’re 
suffering a distinct lack of leadership and 
ultimately compassion from those who are paid to deal with this.”

Written by Kasia Murphy | Posted on 6th February 2015

Kasia is 27, works in PR and lives in London in a house share with friends
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