Stonewater's response to the Levelling Up White Paper
In response to the publication of the Levelling Up White Paper, Nicholas Harris, Chief Executive at leading housing provider Stonewater, said:
“Everyone should have the opportunity to have a high-quality, affordable home that is secure and comfortable, where they can live, raise a family and if needed, work.
“Much of the Levelling Up agenda remains centred around tackling the persistent inequalities in the Midlands and North of England, but as the pandemic has highlighted, many coastal and rural areas feature some of the highest levels of deprivation and should not be left behind.
“So, whilst it’s encouraging to see that the government is committed to building more genuinely affordable social homes in the white paper, and we hope to see more detail on this soon, we’re disappointed that the announcement does not include additional funding beyond what was allocated in the latest spending review.
“As one of their long-term strategic partners, we support the extension to Homes England’s remit and look forward to working more closely with them, alongside devolved powers and combined authorities to deliver much-needed regeneration where it is most needed, and enable more people and places to access opportunities that will support them and their communities to flourish.”