Unison response to house price rise August 31st, 2012 admin Latest News Shares Comments UNISON, the UK’s largest union, is today calling on the government to start an urgent programme of building affordable homes. A survey by the Nationwide Building Society out today reveals that UK house prices have bucked the recession to rise by 1.3%. Increasing the UK’s housing stock would not only ease pressure in the housing market, but would help turn the corner on the economic downturn. Five million people – 2 million households – in the UK are currently on housing waiting lists. Dave Prentis, UNISON General Secretary, said: “The government needs to be bold to help our country recover from the recession. Initiating a programme of building affordable housing would stimulate growth and give thousands of low paid families the chance of a decent home. “But when the UK urgently needs affordable housing, the government has cut funding for social housing by more than £4 billion. What it could and should be doing is making capital funding available to housing associations and local authorities so more homes can be built as a matter of urgency.” Onthespot – your online reporter Do you have a story to tell? Please text or phone 07930717137 or email [email protected] Follow OTS (Onthespot) on Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Related Comments comments!