PRESS STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF OXFORD FAIRER HOUSING NETWORK.
Last night the Oxford Property Festival Awards dinner took place in the Divinity School and Blackwell Hall, Bodleian Libraries.
The black tie event was billed as “a platform for showcasing solutions” and the judges selected from across the Oxfordshire property market.
The OxPropFest Awards are designed to identify examples of best practice from across the region that have been delivered in 2017 and among the categories are the Award for Best Housing Solution for Oxfordshire, the Best Use of Land and Best Housing Development.
Yet nowhere at this prestigious event were there any solutions evident to the many in Oxfordshire who are in desperate need of safe, secure homes but cannot find anything to rent or buy within their financial means.
With the housing crisis at a peak in Oxfordshire, where was the Award for sustainable, truly affordable and accessible homes for all who need them?
The latest report from the Resolution Foundation published only days ago found that “One in three of Britain’s millennial generation will never own their own home, with many forced to live and raise families in insecure privately rented accommodation throughout their lives”. That’s 14 million 20 to 35 year olds.
Isn’t it time that we stopped patting developers on the back for building high priced houses that make them lots of profit but just keep adding to the housing crisis and started looking instead at sustainable and truly affordable models, large and small scale, including giving Councils more powers to acquire land and build, so that the agony of homelessness can be ended?
Oxford Fairer Housing Network call on everyone to adopt their Housing Charter to make living in Oxford fairer for people, the community and the planet.