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Shelter’s social housing commission has launched a landmark report calling for an ambitious 3.1 million new homes across the country, extending the offer of social housing to many more people.

After the Grenfell Tower fire, the charity brought together 16 independent commissioners with diverse backgrounds from across the political spectrum to examine the housing crisis in England as it exists today. Among others they include, Ed Miliband MP, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, TV architect George Clarke, Lord Jim O’Neill and Grenfell survivor Ed Daffarn.

‘Building for our future: a vision for social housing’  recommends the government invests in a major 20-year housebuilding programme, which would offer a social home to millions who fail to qualify under the current system. It also calls for a new Ofsted-style consumer regulator to protect residents and to enforce common standards across social and private renting.

Andy Gamble, Yorkshire Housing, director of development, said:

“The three million reported by Shelter seems high but it gives a good indication on the problems the sector faces and the desperate need for new social homes and support from government.

“At Yorkshire Housing, we have a strategic priority to complete on 3,120 before March 2021 for all income levels and in December we reached our milestone of 1,000 completions.

“It’s vital that we continue working towards alleviating the housing pressure in Yorkshire and keep our customers at the forefront of what we do in 2019 and beyond.”

You can read the full report.