Responding to the Queen’s Speech, Kate Henderson, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation, said:
“Every person in this country deserves to live in a safe, secure, good quality and affordable home; and to have a voice and clear route to redress if their home isn’t up to standard. We fully support the government’s aim to strengthen tenants’ rights through the Social Housing Regulation Bill and housing associations stand ready to work with their residents and the government to ensure every home delivers on the high standards they expect.
“We agree with the government’s strategy to address the huge disparities in the economies of towns and cities across the country through levelling up, and we welcome the decision to give local communities, who know their area best, more powers over regeneration. Housing associations also share the government's net zero ambition and will do everything in their power to support the transition to cheaper, cleaner and more secure energy.
“We face a grave affordable housing crisis which continues to worsen, with 4.2 million people currently in need of social housing in England. We look forward to working with the government to ensure any changes to the planning system deliver the number and types of affordable home the country desperately needs."