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We’re backing the National Housing Federation election campaign ‘working together for great homes.’

This kicks off on Monday 22 May and it’s our opportunity to make sure housing is a priority for the next intake of MPs. Building strong relationships with politicians and telling the housing association story has been our focus since the last election.

Our job over the course of this week of action and up to the election is to go out and meet candidates to spread the word about how together, we can fix the housing crisis.

We’ll be getting in touch with local candidates to arrange visits. We want them to see our work in action, whether it’s a visit to a supported housing scheme, a community event or one of our developments.

We’ll be eager to share with them our experience and ambition to tackle the housing crisis and deliver affordable homes at prices people can afford.

Prospective new MPs meeting in Halifax

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We’ve set up an event at Asquith Court, Halifax on Thursday 25 May. This is an opportunity for tenants and residents to meet prospective new MPs Holly Walker-Lynch (Labour) and Chris Pearson (Conservative). As they both contest a marginal seat, it will be interesting to hear their views on housing in Calderdale.

Yorkshire Housing chief executive, Mervyn Jones said:

“All the main political parties now acknowledge housing associations have a vital part to play in building the new homes Britain needs. Their manifestos launched this week, show just how much more needs to be done. However, in order to do more, we need the right tools and support from a new government.

“In terms of delivering new homes, housing associations continue to have a strong track record. But as a sector we need greater flexibility and sufficient funding to bring forward sites and make housing more accessible. For Yorkshire Housing, this will undoubtedly help us deliver 3,000 new homes and possibly much more by 2021.”