Response to the Chancellor's Budget

“While the Budget did indeed indicate the Government’s determination to address the undersupply of housing and unlock home ownership - both of which Clarion is also committed to - we are disappointed that the importance of providing more social rented housing once again appears to have been overlooked. Clarion is working on a number of fronts to play a role in fixing the broken housing market as we develop 50,000 new homes over ten years, however we are continuing to prioritise affordable housing for those in the greatest need. We hope that measures to increase the supply of truly affordable social rented homes will be detailed in the forthcoming green paper on social housing.

“We were pleased to hear the reforms announced to Universal Credit which will mean a fairer system with an easier transition and less risk of financial hardship for our tenants claiming the benefit – including allowing claimants on housing benefit to continue claiming for two weeks. However, again we feel this doesn’t quite go far enough to eliminate the risk of financial hardship. As a housing association which invests in services to help tenants manage their money and to be financially independent, we do not require tenants waiting for their first Universal Credit payment to pay their rent upfront but we still have some concerns about the way this benefit is designed and delivered.”

Keith Exford, Group Chief Executive, Clarion Housing Group