Budget Statement from Ruth Cooke, CEO, Midland Heart

Ruth Cooke

"We know there is a fundamental lack of housing in the UK and this year's budget does little to acknowledge this fact. We need to increase housing supply - that means new flexible delivery models that enable providers like us to continue to develop much needed affordable housing for those that need it most.

"We also need greater recognition of the much broader community based, person centred role that housing providers like us offer for those in the greatest need, such as our good practice in helping people into work and fresh ideas that can support a reshaped integrated care system."