Last week at the Homes for Britain rally I joined more than 2000 people who believe in the importance of affordable housing.
The umbrella organisation for housing associations, the National Housing Federation (NHF), organised the rally, which took place in the heart of Westminster at Methodist Central Hall.
Influencers including Shelter chief executive Campbell Robb and Guardian columnist Owen Jones took to the stage to speak passionately about the NHF’s cause – a plea to politicians to end the housing crisis within a generation.
The day was a fantastic opportunity to make the voice of hundreds of housing associations, developers and more across the UK heard. There isn’t enough affordable housing in the UK for the people who need it; as a country we are only building half of what we need every year.
The campaign got national news coverage and hopefully we will soon start to see policies directly addressing the shortage of affordable housing across the UK. Here’s some of that national news coverage:
- Ian Birrell at the Independent – How to end the housing crisis: forget sentimentality and build on the green belt
- The Guardian – London housing rally: protesters gather at ‘Homes for Britain’ event
- BBC News – Mass rally voices fears over housing shortage
- Huffington Post UK – Ken Loach gives rallying cry against Britain’s housing crisis: “It’s worse than a horror story”
I tweeted the key points of the day from mhs homes’ Twitter account and compiled the main messages into the Storify below. Just click through and hover over the images to see captions and links.
If you feel strongly about the lack of affordable housing in this country, it’s not too late to support the Homes for Britain campaign.