Published: 22nd Feb 2021

The Church of England has described the scale and consequences of the current housing crisis in this country as a ‘national scandal’. A report by the Archbishops’ Commission on Housing, Church and Community warns around 8m people in England currently live in overcrowded, unaffordable or unsuitable homes. It says the crisis will not be solved without government action and calls for a ‘bold, coherent, long-term housing strategy focused on those in greatest need’. The report recommends a 20-year housing strategy to increase the supply of affordable homes, backed by substantial investment and a ‘phased reduction’ in the price of land. ‘As a nation, we must also do more to provide safer and more stable homes for people who rent their homes by ensuring longer-term security of tenure, introducing an explicit duty of care on landlords, and improving the quality of temporary accommodation, as well as removing unsafe cladding from all … (To read the full article, subscribe below)