Law firm signs up for social housing campaign

Bristol law firm Clarke Willmott has signed up to support a new initiative aimed at highlighting the need for new homes for social rent.

Build Social is calling on political parties to commit to funding a substantial programme of homes for social rent in their manifestos for the upcoming General Election.

The campaign aims to ensure that everyone in the UK has access to a stable, affordable home with organisers saying that currently more than 100,000 households in the UK are living in temporary accommodation.

Clarke Willmott’s national team of specialist social housing solicitors is one of the largest in the UK, acting for over 100 registered providers as well as major frameworks including HALA, CHIC, SEC and ASW.

Vicky Kells, a partner and joint head of Clarke Willmott’s social housing sector, said: “The Build Social campaign is calling on political parties to commit to building 90,000 social rented homes a year in England, 7,700 in Scotland and 4,000 in Wales. These are big numbers but the idea is putting delivery on the political map.

“We have joined the campaign alongside some heavy hitters in the housing sector from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) to the charity Crisis and we hope that by advocating for change, collectively we can make a difference.”

Lindsay Felstead, also a partner and joint head of the firm’s social housing division, said: “Clarke Willmott proudly supports this campaign. Ensuring good quality homes for social rent is hugely important and our housing team is looking forward to seeing the positive impact this campaign will bring for the social housing sector in the UK.”


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