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Member Briefing - General Election: HBF’s plan for the next Government and candidate contact

Date: 01/06/17

General Election: HBF’s plan for the next Government and candidate contact

On Friday 26 May, HBF launched a new publication, 'Blueprint 2017: A plan to deliver even more new homes' which outlines how HBF believes the next government can build on recent increases in housing supply and go even further to deliver more new homes in the next parliament.

With the snap election now just a week away, campaigning is reaching a decisive point for the 2017 General Election and it’s essential that candidates currently vying with their opponents for every vote hear a consistent message about the need to consider future housing opportunities for their communities. Nationally, all of the main political parties are prioritising house building as part of their campaigns but it is important to engage local politicians as well.

We’ve always known that house builders play an important part in communities, not just by building homes but also by supporting strong local economies. HBF-commissioned research means we are able to estimate the economic contribution made by every additional development and each new home built and provide these to candidates to further quantify the importance of the house building industry.

Many house builders will already have relationships with local candidates but for others we have created a template letter to send to their local candidates hoping to win a seat in the House of Commons. The letter demonstrates the importance of house builders and the benefits that they bring to communities. For example, the letter provides the opportunity to include an estimate of the wider number of jobs supported by your company in your local area based on the number of homes built per year. This can be calculated using HBF’s Housing Calculator available here. Do feel free to amend, personalise and change the letter as you wish. It is meant as a guide rather than a finalised product.

HBF has also been engaging with local politicians since the first election announcement and wrote to sitting MPs prior to Parliament being dissolved specifically regarding the future of the Help to Buy scheme. Earlier this week we also wrote to all candidates standing for seats in England and Wales raising awareness of the key issues facing the house building industry and our plan to keep delivering more homes as outlined in the HBF election document.

If you would like more information, help with any calculation or contact details for your local candidates, please contact David O’Leary ( 

David O’Leary, Policy Director