The Lyons Housing Review, established by Ed Miliband and chaired by Sir Michael Lyons, has put forward a number of recommendations to deal with the increasing issue of lack of affordable housing available.
“To deliver the number of new homes required will need leadership from Government and we are fully supportive of the proposal put forward in the review for Housing to be a priority for Government” said BSRIA chief executive Julia Evans, who was also a commissioner on the Review.
Ms Evans added: “To ensure that there is focus on housing at Cabinet level, we support the recommendation of appointing a dedicated post of Housing Minister and the establishment of a cross department housing task force supported by an independent advisory Housing Commission”
The review concludes that the industry needs to build 243,000 new homes a year, compared with an average of 137,000 over the last decade.
Ms Evans said this brings challenges to all elements of the industry including the supply of available land, planning legislation and the shortage of skilled labour.