Wednesday 26 May 2021 / 12:01 AM Housing / Lucy Powell

Labour responds to Shelter report showing impact of pandemic on housing emergency

Lucy Powell MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary, commenting on a Shelter report showing one in three adults in Britain are impacted by the housing emergency, said:

“This comes as no surprise after a decade of neglect and failure by ministers on housing. The pandemic has shown the deep inequalities in our housing system, with those in insecure, overcrowded homes more at risk of the health and economic impacts of the crisis including many who were previously able to keep up with their housing costs, but through no fault of their own are now in dire straits.

“Instead of an ambitious plan to deal with the housing emergency, ministers are weakening protections for people with Covid-related rent arrears, kicking renters rights and social housing reform into the long grass, and diluting measures to build more affordable homes to rent and buy.”