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Government boost for Social Housing - Comment

26 June 2018

Commenting on the Government’s announcement of £1.67 billion of additional funding for affordable housing James Thomson, CEO of Keepmoat Homes, said:

“We welcome the Government’s announcement today of £1.67 billion of additional funding to support the delivery of 23,000 much needed affordable homes across the UK by 2022 including half of those for social rent. It is also very encouraging to see recognition that there are areas outside London, with low levels of affordability, that urgently need this additional support. We need Local Authorities to be empowered to deliver the housing needed in their local areas. Councils like Leeds and Sheffield have already shown what can be achieved and this funding will allow others to do the same.

We are also pleased to see direct support for affordable housing that meets a range of needs, because leaving the delivery of affordable homes down to negotiation between developers and local authorities can be uncertain, both in terms of the numbers of homes provided and the range of needs met. Investment in new construction technologies including Modern Methods of Construction also has an important role to play. Modular Construction is a means of delivering more new affordable homes and providing additional capacity over and above what we can currently build through traditional construction methods. It also offers additional benefits such as more energy efficient buildings that are cheaper to run and can assist with fuel poverty.

At Keepmoat Homes we have invested substantially in modular construction through ilke Homes, which was launched in May 2017 and is now established as a strong independent business with a factory capable of producing 2000 quality new homes across a wide range of house types. ilke Homes is not exclusive to Keepmoat Homes as we saw the need for the whole market to have access to this solution. MMC is now at a point where government policy and support should be used to stimulate wider adoption to increase momentum significantly and capitalise on the benefits it can bring to the industry.”

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