NHFCreating places where people want to live and work is central to George Osborne’s devolution plan.

A commitment to housing growth is a key part of all of the devolution deals that have been agreed by the Chancellor. Taking a localised approach to housing delivery, strategic planning, and land availability and linking this across to issues of employment and regeneration is crucial to tackling the shortage of the right housing in the right places at the right price across the country.

As our Core Cities Home Truths research highlights, the housing crisis looks very different in different areas. In some areas the housing crisis is not one of supply and affordability; it is about the quality and suitability of homes, and access to sustainable employment. Creating places where people want to live and work is central to George Osborne’s devolution plan to rebalance the economy.

For housing associations the prospect of devolution presents opportunities to showcase their unique offer. Devolution isn’t just about housing growth, it’s also about the wider public sector reform agenda with key themes of health and social care integration and employment and skills presenting opportunities for housing associations to extend the breadth of their offer.

Housing associations across the country are working closely with the emerging combined authorities in devolved areas to help shape the housing vision demonstrate their contribution to making that vision a reality.

Catherine Brabner
Policy Officer – Localism