Phillip Vincent, ACRE’s Public Affairs and Communications Manager discusses the need for the next government to take urgent action to address the housing crisis in a blog for #RuralHousingWeek

The cost of living has been at the forefront of people’s minds during the 2024 general election. Polling by YouGov last month indicated that almost half of people said this was the most important issue influencing how they would vote on 4 July.

It reflects the fact many people are seeing a profound disparity between their earnings and the amount of money they need to spend to maintain a basic standard of living. The problem is widespread, and as we have detailed previously, the crisis is being keenly felt in the countryside.

Perhaps the biggest pressure acting upon rural communities is the cost of accommodation. People are spending more and more simply to keep a roof over their head in the countryside, whether that be to buy or rent.  To read the full article please click here.

RCCE’s Rural Housing Enabler supports rural communities across Essex to provide affordable housing which enables local people to stay in the area where their children attend school or where they have family or employment. 

To find out more please click here for the Housing Enabler information leaflet.