CPAG housing recommendations: Released in July 2017, CPAG’s ‘Priorities for familiy housing’ outlines the current housing crisis and puts forward three key recommendations:
CPAG recommends that the following policy changes should be considered by Government in response to the outlined challenges and conclusions:
1. The Accommodation Supplement should be reviewed as a matter of urgency and especially
following the April 2018 increases to determine its effectiveness in reducing housing related
poverty for New Zealand’s poorest families and households.
2. The Residential Tenancies Act should be overhauled with a view to improving tenants’ rights and in particular to giving them:
– more secure tenure,
– access to effective advocacy and support in disputes with landlords,
– protections against excessive rent increases, and,
– guarantees to decent quality housing through a comprehensive warrant of fitness programme.
3. A Social Housing Plan should be developed within 12 months, that is based on realistic forecasts for future demand for social housing and that budgets are allocated to fund this plan over at least a ten year period.