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A contradiction on Affordable Rent Programme

Tuesday September 13th, 2011

Communities and Local Government minister Andrew Stunell has admitted that the Government’s flagship Affordable Rent programme is not something that will be repeated post-2015, despite Housing Minister Grant Shapps claiming otherwise.

Speaking at the National Housing Federation’s annual conference in Birmingham, Stunell praised housing associations for playing their part in helping the Government to exceed its initial target of 150,000 new homes under the Affordable Rent scheme.

But, when challenged by a delegate as to whether the programme was sustainable in the long term because of the financial pressures it was placing on Housing Associations, the Liberal Democrat MP admitted it was not something that could be repeated.

Stunell said: “We felt it was important to get a significant house building programme going under the current Parliament but there is no doubt a different approach will be required after 2015.”

His comments contradict remarks made by Housing Minister Grant Shapps who told delegates at the Chartered Institute of Housing Conference earlier this year that Affordable Rent ‘was here to stay’.

In June, Mr Shapps said in a press briefing: “I’m going to make a bold prediction – Affordable Rent is here to stay.”

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