We know there is a desperate need to increase all types of housing supply across the country. Giving housing associations back control of their finances will give them the freedom to invest where needed in their local areas and help to boost the much needed supply of affordable homes.
Housebuilding, especially that of affordable housing, needs to remain a top priority for government. While empowering housing associations to build is a much needed step, if we are to truly tackle the growing pressures felt on the market we need to take a place-based approach and encourage greater innovation and collaboration between the local public, private and third sectors.
New powers to fund house-building have been announced, as ministers promised more measures in next week's Budget.