Bishop of St Albans asks Government about affordable housing for those on low incomes

On 1st March 2016 Lord Kennedy of Southwark asked Her Majesty’s Government “what action they are taking to help people on the living wage in London to own their own homes.” The Bishop of St Albans, Rt Revd Alan Smith, asked a follow up question:


StAlbans171115The Lord Bishop of St Albans: My Lords, there is much concern that the focus on starter homes could threaten the provision of alternative housing schemes that are more suitable for those on low incomes, such as shared ownership. Will the Minister assure the House that Her Majesty’s Government’s emphasis on these starter homes will be in addition to other affordable schemes such as shared ownership rather than replacing them?

Baroness Williams of Trafford: I can certainly assure the right reverend Prelate that the £4.1 billion that the Government are putting into shared-ownership homes, to achieve 175,000, demonstrates their commitment to things other than starter homes.