CIEH reacts to Housing White paper

Publication Date: 7th February 2017

Subject: Housing

Following the publication of DCLG’s housing white paper, Tony Lewis, Head of Policy at CIEH, said: 

“More young people and families are renting their homes long-term and plans to extend the length of tenancy agreements is a step in the right direction. This will give occupants more security, an opportunity to make a home for themselves and put down roots in their local communities.

“At the same time, landlords have a responsibility to ensure accommodation is fit for people to live in as housing conditions have a significant impact on physical health and mental wellbeing. New homes need to be built to modern standards and there is also a need to ensure the older housing stock is brought up to 21 Century standards.

Tony Lewis added: “Plans to build new homes are desperately needed but developers and councils need to ensure that any brownfield land developed is properly decontaminated. Environmental Health officers have a vital role in working with their planning colleagues to ensure new developments are built quickly as well as being fit for purpose.”

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Notes to editors 

For CIEH enquiries, please contact Steven Fifer on: 020 7827 5922 or email s.fifer@cieh.org

Link to DCLG’s white paper: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-announces-ambitious-plan-to-build-the-homes-britain-needs 

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