Michael Discusses Local Housing with Homes Body

Northampton Partnership Homes (NPH) is an organisation that manages around 11,700 council homes in Northampton on behalf of the local authorities, ensuring that residents’ housing needs can be met. I have always had a very positive relationship with NPH during my 8 and a half years as MP and have supported much of their work over the years including the Eleonore House project and their efforts to close the social housing gap: I previously wrote on their behalf to Northampton Borough Council (NBC) and the Government’s Housing Minister to support plans to build more social housing by making changes to the Housing Revenue Cap, action which has yielded positive results.

To that end I recently met NPH’s CEO, Mike Kay and Chairman, David Latham to discuss the housing situation in Northampton. We had a positive discussion in which we agreed to work together once again to help NPH in their aims to provide social housing for those who need it. It is vitally important that we continue to build more affordable homes to meet the ever growing housing needs and in that sense I am always happy to support NPH in their work. That is why I am pleased that the Government has committed to building 300,000 homes a year and has now committed to removing the Housing Revenue Cap (the cap in which the Government sets to restrict the amount of money local authorities can borrow to build more houses) – the very issue I previously wrote to the Government about! Tackling the housing crisis is one of the big issues of our time and I am proud to work with NPH to help to solve this.