Build More Homes Campaign
Gordon Brown made housing a priority for his premiership. The 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review was a crucial opportunity to translate this into reality.
The National Housing Federation lobbied throughout 2007 for the funding build 70,000 new affordable homes each year. The Government's response was a programme which rises year on year to meet that 70,000 target.
Our submission to the Spending Review, called Opportunity of a Lifetime, was made with Shelter, the Local Government Association, the Chartered Institute of Housing and the National Federation of ALMOs.
In her announcement to the House of Commons, Housing Minister Yvette Cooper MP said:
"We have listened to the evidence from Shelter and the National Housing Federation, which says that we need 70,000 affordable homes a year, of which 50,000 should be new social housing. I can announce that by 2010-11 we will deliver more than 70,000 new affordable homes a year."
We followed this with the Building Neighbourhoods. It set out a vision for a financial model that will best allow housing associations to deliver the homes and services that communities need.