Promoting affordable homes – Our day in Parliament
This week we have successfully hosted our first ever MP forum, to talk directly to MPs about what more can be done to help us build more affordable homes.
We met with MPs representing constituencies from Wolverhampton to Leicestershire, all keen to share their views on the housing shortage and explore how we can work together to overcome the challenges we all face.
“I was delighted that a good number of our local MPs took the time to meet with us and talk through the housing challenges and opportunities in their constituencies,” explained Glenn Harris, CEO at Midland Heart.
“We are different to other large housing associations because we’re very clear that we remain committed to investing primarily in homes for social and affordable rent.
In the West Midlands, we are making real progress on housing through new powers devolved from Government and it’s positive that we have a mayor who is committed to unlocking homes across the region.
“We continue to face considerable uncertainty over the funding of supported housing, while Government considers different options for bringing spending under control whilst improving quality.
“That is why it is so important to build strong relationships with our local MPs. If we can get them to understand our concerns, we can influence decision makers and help to change Government policies for the better.”
Ahead of the publication of a critical Green Paper on social housing later this summer, I am confident that we are now in a better position to influence government and promote policies that are beneficial to our future.