CIEH welcomes Government affordable housing expansion

Publication Date: 5th January 2017

Subject: Housing

Following the Government’s announcement to expand their affordable housing programme, Tony Lewis, Head of Policy at CIEH, said:  

“People have become increasingly reliant on the private rented sector for housing and many because they have nowhere else to turn to. The Government’s announcement to expand the affordable housing programme will help relieve some of the pressure on the private rented sector, giving people more opportunities to own their home. 

“If this scheme is to be a success, however, affordable housing must be genuinely affordable and has to be prioritised for those most in need. We cannot have a situation where the private rented sector is allowed to increase through the back door.”

 ENDS 

 Notes to editors    

 For CIEH enquiries, please contact Steven Fifer on: 020 7827 5922 or email  s.fifer@cieh.org    

 Link to Government announcement:  https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-money-for-affordable-homes-released    

 About the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH):     

 CIEH is the professional voice for environmental health representing over 9,000 members working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. It ensures the highest standards of professional competence in its members, in the belief that through environmental health action people's health can be improved.     

 Environmental health has an important and unique contribution to make to improving public health and reducing health inequalities. CIEH campaigns to ensure that government policy addresses the needs of communities and business in achieving and maintaining improvements to health and health protection.      

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