Published: 9th Jun 2020

The government can only ‘level up’ the country by investing in communities and building many more genuinely affordable homes, according to the chief executive of a Yorkshire housing association. Speaking at a webinar on the housing and health implications of the COVID-19 virus, Ali Akbor, who has headed Leeds-based housing association Unity Homes and Enterprise for more than two decades, said the most deprived areas in the country should be a funding priority as the nation emerges from lockdown. ‘We need significant investment in local communities to protect those individuals and families most at risk of being left behind, socially and economically,’ said Mr Akbor. ‘This must include a commitment to place the building of many more genuinely affordable homes placed at the top of the government’s post-pandemic ‘to do’ list. ‘Austerity cannot be used as an excuse for health and financial inequalities ever again. ‘The economic recovery has to … (To read the full article, subscribe below)