Ocean Housing is calling for Westminster to ‘End the Housing Crisis within a generation’.
Ocean Housing took to the streets of St Austell last Thursday to raise awareness and understanding about the huge housing shortage the country and in particular Cornwall is facing. Ocean’s activities at White River Place, were part of a nationwide campaign called ‘Homes for Britain‘.
Ocean’s Managing Director Frances Turner commented:
“Despite the terrible weather, our staff were great at engaging with the public and have just over 200 signatures. We definitely got the message out there with the public and we have quite a few video messages to forward on to the National Housing Federation and Westminster.
It was also good to see so many children (and a few adults!) enjoying the face painting and balloon making.”
Cornwall’s ‘perfect storm’ has average house prices in the county at £228,000 and rising, average private rented sector homes at £723 per month and rising, with large upfront deposits required. With an increasing population and increases in ownership and rental costs in Cornwall the current challenge for young people to live independently is becoming increasingly difficult.
“Ocean are backing ‘The Homes for Britain’ campaign in a united call on all political parties to play their part and seek to end the housing crisis within a generation”.
‘Homes for Britain Rally’
Across the UK, housing association staff, residents and members of the public are making their way to the Homes for Britain rally on the 17 March 2015. On the day, thousands of people will come together in the heart of Westminster for the biggest housing rally in a generation.
In London Frances will hand over video messages of how the current shortage impacts on Cornish people and their families!
Frances Turner, Managing Director at Ocean Housing said
“Ocean is working hard to back this campaign at a local and national level. As well as raising sponsorship to send a group to join the rally in London, we are supporting the Lands End to London housing rally by hosting this local event in St Austell.
We want Cornwall’s voice to be heard in London. We’ve been talking to the public to get their real stories on their housing situation and how it’s impacting on their life. We’ll be sending a petition and video messages to Westminster.
We want people from all walks of life to add their voice, so we’d urge people to get involved – write to local politicians, tell their friends and family, and tweet us using #HomesForBritain.”
Long Term Plan
Homes for Britain is campaigning for the next government to come up with a long-term plan to tackle the housing crisis within a year of getting into office. It is being backed by thousands of people up and down the country who have joined forces with organisations from every corner of the housing world.
The Homes for Britain’s campaign comes at a time when housing demand vastly outstrips supply at both a national and local level.
The ‘Home Truths’ report shows that over the next 20 years in the South West region alone, there will be 439,000 new families, all of whom will need homes, but at current building rates, 200,000 will have nowhere to live. Meanwhile, some areas are in desperate need of regeneration and jobs, and having the right types of homes in the right places can play a vital role in sparking new life into these communities.
Jenny Allen, External Affairs Manager at the National Housing Federation said:
“We’re delighted that Ocean Housing has backed the Homes for Homes Britain campaign and that local residents in St Austell have been able to have their say on the housing crisis in Cornwall.
The next government needs to commit to a long-term plan – one that sets out how everyone can have access to the home they need at a price they can afford.