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Theresa May: Stigma still clings to social housing

HOUSE PROUD: Theresa May wants to tackle the stigma around social housing

PRIME MINISTER Theresa May has said that too many people – including too many politicians – look down on social housing as she announced a £2 billion plan to build new homes across in England.

May made the comments during a speech at the National Housing Federation summit in London this morning. She is the first prime minister to address the conference.

She said: “For many people, a certain stigma still clings to social housing. Some residents feel marginalised and overlooked, and are ashamed to share the fact that their home belongs to a housing association or local authority.

“And on the outside, many people in society – including too many politicians – continue to look down on social housing and, by extension, the people who call it their home.”

May, who has previously said that young people with family wealth had a right to be angry over not being able to buy a place of their own regardless of how hard they work, has pledged to work in partnership with housing association to get more people on the housing ladder. She has also announced efforts to make sure those who can’t afford to buy their own property have somewhere they are proud to call their home.

She said: “Today, I can announce that new longer-term partnerships will be opened up to the most ambitious housing associations through a ground-breaking £2 billion initiative. Under the scheme, associations will be able to apply for funding stretching as far ahead as 2028/29 – the first time any government has offered housing associations such long-term certainty.

“Doing so will give you the stability you need to get tens of thousands of affordable and social homes built where they are needed most, and make it easier for you to leverage the private finance you need to build many more.”

May said she social housing to be so good that people were proud to call it their home.

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