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Monday, September 26, 2016
Churches welcome Gordon Brown's commitment to housing
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¬†Housing Justice has welcomed the commitment given by Gordon Brown to increase affordable house building in Britain. Speaking on BBC1's Sunday AM programme Mr Brown said that as Prime Minister he will direct a major increase in the social housing. Gordon Brown acknowledged that in recent years the number of new homes being built has fallen short of demand and stated that his government will build more rented social housing as well as affordable housing for sale. Chief Executive of Housing Justice Alison Gelder said: "Gordon Brown's commitments to increase the supply of affordable housing are very welcome. When implemented they will begin to address Britain's housing shortage and should offer some hope to the 90,000 homeless families in temporary accommodation as well as the 1.7million families on housing waiting lists." "We look forward to the greater prominence that affordable housing will be given in government policy after years of neglect. If, as expected, Gordon Brown is elected as Labour Party leader he can quickly put his words into action by making funds available for house building in the forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review." Mr Brown has also spoken of the importance of building strong communities and the contribution that faith groups can make to this process ≠ this was welcomed by Alison Gelder who commented "it is no good just building houses, we must ensure that community facilities such as schools, halls and churches are built as well. I'm pleased to see that the Chancellor has recognised the key role that churches and other faith groups have to play in creating strong cohesive sustainable communities." Housing Justice was formed in April 2003 by the merger of two long-standing housing charities, the Catholic Housing Aid Society (CHAS) and the Churches National Housing Coalition (CNHC). In January 2006 Housing Justice merged with UNLEASH (Church Action on Homelessness in London).
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