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CPA: Government’s Housing Strategy a Small Step in Right Direction

The government’s housing strategy will make some headway in addressing the massive shortfall in levels of new housing according to the Construction Products Association. The strategy, published today, includes measures to help first time buyers get on the housing ladder through a government mortgage indemnity scheme, which is something that the Association has been calling for.

Noble Francis, Economics Director at the Construction Products Association, said: ‘The mortgage indemnity scheme is certainly the main highlight of today’s housing strategy. However other key announcements, including the £400 million Get Britain Building pot for stalled building sites, lack detail as it is unclear where this funding will be coming from and how it will be implemented. The proposals surrounding the Right to Buy scheme are interesting but unfortunately are not likely to have an impact in the short to medium term as the government has made clear its intention to consult before moving forward. At present government itself estimates that more than 260,000 households will be created each year over the next two decades yet housing supply remains at less than half this figure. Although the measures announced today are a welcome attempt at addressing the failing housing market, much more needs to be done.’


The Construction Products Association represents the UK’s manufacturers and suppliers of construction products, components and fittings. The Association acts as the voice of the construction products sector, representing the industry-wide view of its members. The sector has an annual turnover of £50 billion and accounts for 40% of total construction output.


Simon Storer Communications and External Affairs Director
Construction Products Association
Tel : 020 7323 3770
Fax : 020 7323 0307
Mobile : 0770 286 2257
E-mail : simon.storer@constructionproducts.org.uk

Noble Francis Economics Director
Construction Products Association
Tel : 020 7323 3770
Fax : 020 7323 0307
Mobile : 0791 261 2882
E-mail : noble.francis@constructionproducts.org.uk

Kind Regards,


Nicola Smith
External Affairs Executive
Construction Products Association
26 Store Street
London WC1E 7BT
Tel: 020 7323 3770
Fax: 020 7323 0307

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