In June 2010 the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced details of a Spending Review, reporting in autumn 2010 (SR 2010). The government provided an outline for spending plans in the emergency budget of June 2010; it has made clear that it intends to significantly cut public expenditure, stating that “Reducing the budget deficit is the most urgent issue facing Britain”.
BSHF has submitted evidence to this process and is now publishing this as a report. The report makes a number of specific proposals relating to three areas of housing policy:
- Support with housing costs
- Increasing housing supply
- Environmental measures
The section on support with housing costs is directed towards the Department for Work and Pensions covering issues such as favourable taxation of owner occupiers, housing benefit and support for owner occupiers.
The section on increasing housing supply is directed towards Communities and Local Government covering issues such as classification of government debt, innovation in housing and accommodation for Gypsies and Travellers.
The section on environmental measures is directed towards the Department for Energy and Climate Change covering issues such as winter fuel payments and funding for retrofitting.