The West Midlands Housing Association Partnership (WMHAP) welcomes the Chancellor’s renewed commitment to tackle the region’s homelessness and housing crisis in today’s Budget.
Mr Hammond headlined with plans of investment and a second devolution deal to address local productivity barriers, backing the region’s metro mayor, Andy Street and the Combined Authority.
Today’s budget included great opportunities for the region including, £6 million for a housing deliver taskforce, £5 million towards a construction skills training scheme and a £250 million allocation from the Transforming Cities fund to be spent on local intra-city transport priorities.
Partnership chair, Kevin Rodgers, chief executive of WM Group, said: “We welcome the ambition shown by the Chancellor to drive growth and the delivery of much needed housing across the region. We look forward to working with the Combined Authority to deliver the ambition set out by the Chancellor and the Metro Mayor.”
The Midlands will also be one of three regions to pilot Housing First, helping to tackle homelessness in the region.
“Government support is vital and the WMHAP is committed to working withpartners across the region to end rough sleeping and ensure people can access high quality, affordable homes and to create vital jobs and growth.”
The Government has also announced a £200m investment in a Voluntary Right to Buy Scheme across the East and West Midlands, helping more people into homeownership.
Kevin added: “Social housing tenants across the region will welcome clarity from government on the Voluntary Right to Buy pilot. We welcome the additional investment and look forward to ensuring that replacement homes are affordable to future generations.”