Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021

12 August 2021

The next Spending Review, taking place on 27 October, will set out the government’s spending plans and is a key opportunity to shape national policy for years to come. 

Our submission focuses on four themes, and showcases the vital role that housing associations play in meeting the government’s priorities, and what actions and investment is needed to achieve even more. You can read a summary of our four themes and download our submission in full below.

We will update this webpage as our Spending Review work progresses. If you have any questions, please get in touch using the contact details below.

1. Decarbonising current homes

  • Housing association homes are already more energy efficient than any other type of home, and housing associations are planning to invest billions of pounds over the next ten years.
  • Investing in housing associations to lead the way on decarbonisation will support job creation and regeneration across the country, including in some of the most deprived areas.
  • We are asking the government to demonstrate their intent to support net zero in housing by committing the full £3.8bn Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund promised in the Conservative manifesto and working with the social housing sector to deliver it.

2. Remediating buildings so that they are safe

  • Resident safety is always the top priority for housing associations. Following the tragedy at Grenfell Tower, housing associations have already undertaken significant remediation and mitigation works to buildings that need them.
  • However, money spent on remediation means less to spend on building much needed new affordable homes or improving existing homes.
  • That’s why we’re asking the government to cover all building safety costs upfront and claim the costs back from those responsible for the defects.

3. Providing supported housing to enable everyone to thrive

  • The role of supported housing has never been more critical than over the pandemic, with supported housing providers keeping their residents safe in the most challenging circumstances.
  • With funded support, social rented homes can help people in the most challenging circumstances, including addressing homelessness and supporting people out of hospital. This in turn saves money in the long term.
  • That’s why we’re asking the government to reinstate the £1.6bn ring-fenced funding for housing-related support services, and use the opportunity of social care and NHS reform to prioritise preventative services, give security to people with care and support needs, guarantee funding, and enable housing providers to continue responding to coronavirus.

4. Supporting regeneration and levelling up across the country

  • Some communities have struggled as a result of the pandemic. Housing associations are already supporting these communities by playing a key role in town centre renewal, regeneration and economic development.
  • The government should harness this potential and ensure that existing funding is maximised to support housing-led regeneration across the country.
  • Housing should sit at the heart of the levelling up agenda with housing associations able to access funding for regeneration and economic development, including via the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Read our Spending Review submission in full

Following feedback from our members and conversations with government officials, we’ve finalised our submission ahead of the Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021.

Download our submission

Start engaging with your local MPs

If you have any upcoming meetings with politicians, you can use our briefing to talk about the Spending Review 2021, and share our sector’s asks. 

Download our briefing

Our submission in the news

Who to speak to

Evelyn Williams, Policy Officer