17 Mar 2015

Housing sector calls on politicians to end the housing crisis within a generation

Representatives from GreenSquare joined other Homes for Britain supporters from across the housing sector at a housing rally in London today, to demand politicians commit to end the housing crisis.

On the eve of the budget, more than 2500 people from 300 housing organisations, ranging from developers and estate agents to social landlords and charities gathered at Methodist Central Hall for the largest housing rally in UK history.

Speakers from all the main political parties were at the rally to address the crisis, alongside John Cridland, director-general of the CBI, Frances O’Grady of the TUC, and James Langstaff, the Bishop of Rochester. Also speaking at the rally was Ken Loach, director of seminal film Cathy Come Home, which addressed the housing crisis and homelessness in the 1960s.

Howard Toplis, GreenSquare’s Chief Executive, attended the rally. He said: “It is essential that we join our housing colleagues to add our voices to the campaign and call for a move away from short-term measures to a long-term strategy to end the housing crisis for this generation and the next. It was great to see so many organisations represented at an event like this. We were all there because we support the same simple, clear message to build more homes in Britain.”

David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation, said: "All of the political parties have acknowledged that we need to build more homes as a priority. The whole of the housing sector are ready to play their part, but we need the next government to meet us halfway by providing real leadership, and we need a long-term commitment to solve the housing crisis within a generation."



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