The Housing, Communities and Local Government (HCLG) Committee has launched an inquiry into the impact of coronavirus on the homelessness and private rented sector.
We welcomed the opportunity to respond to the inquiry, and submitted a written response from the point of view of housing associations.
The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need for secure, affordable homes, especially for those most affected by the crisis: low-paid key workers, rough sleepers, families in temporary accommodation and people in unsuitable, unsupported or overcrowded homes. It has also highlighted the need for a robust benefits system that covers the cost of rent, and safeguards for employment.
In our submission we are calling on the government to:
We also ask the government to focus on critical issues including: