2015 general election manifesto

In July 2015 we published our post-election manifesto for CLTs. We have set out five key measures needed for the CLT sector to achieve scale and make a meaningful contribution to housing supply.

They were:

  1. Feasibility and technical support funding to build on the success of our start up and urban CLT funds.
  2. Capital funding through a revolving loan fund for CLTs to help them negotiate better terms from social investors.
  3. A mortgage guarantee scheme to increase the range of products on offer to people buying CLT homes.
  4. Exemption from the Right to Buy for CLTs that have become Registered Providers or that have partnered with them.
  5. Extend the Right to Build to CLTs by amending their definition of 'group custom build'.

You can download the manifesto by following the link at the bottom of the page.

Since publishing this post-election manifesto we have made significant progress in lobbying on the exemption from Right to Buy, and ensuring that a £60 million government fund for rural and coastal communities is available to CLTs. See our current issues page for more up-to-date information.

Our 2015 General Election manifesto

On 28th February 2015 we launched our pre-election manifesto: 'Our Homes, Our Communities: a manifesto for Community Land Trusts'.

The manifesto called on Parliament to make CLTs a key part of the solution to the housing crisis.

This manifesto has a broader sweep of proposals than the post-election manifesto, and covers proposals for investment and legislation, as well as a range of enabling measures to unlock the demand for CLTs up and down the country.

The manifesto campaign in the headlines

The campaign hit the headlines. Here is just a sample of some of the media coverage achieved both nationally and locally before and since the General Election. 

Inside Housing 18th September - click here

The Cooperative News 30th June - click here

RTTV news channel - click here.

The Independent on Sunday and the 'i' - Click here to read

The Mirror - Click here to read

Somerset County Gazette - Click here to read

Ivybridge & South Brent Gazette - Click here to read

East Anglian Daily Times - Click here to read

There is also an excellent blog by John Bibby at Shelter 'In Praise of CLTs'.


Campaign endorsements

Syed Kamall MEP states his support for CLTs having a bigger role in London's future. Click here

David Lammy MP, writes in the Huffington Post in support of CLTs. Click here

Andrew George, former MP of St Ives, was the first MP to endorse the National CLT Network Manifesto, at the launch of Lands End Peninsula CLT. 

"I'm proud of the National CLT Network manifesto on housing and was delighted that Andrew gave his support to the manifesto." Sue James, Lands End Peninsula CLT

"What you’re doing is exactly what’s needed, and we’re right behind you!", Helen Rawe, St Minver CLT

“The Community Land Trust exists to fight back for locals being priced out of their area…The Community Land Trust is a real glimmer of hope for the future, something I truly believe could be life-changing.” Phil Spencer, property expert and presenter of Location, Location, Location

“Community Land Trusts offer fantastic inspiring examples of how people can come together to create solutions to the economic challenges they face. CLTs are springing up across the country, building affordable homes and helping create a more social economy. The Social Economy Alliance fully supports the campaign for politicians to make CLTs a key part of addressing the critical housing problem in this country.” Dan Gregory, Director, Social Economy Alliance. 

"The Nationwide Foundation has been a key funder of Community Land Trusts for six years. During this time we have witnessed the crucial role that the National CLT Network plays in supporting and expanding this approach to creating affordable housing, in both rural and urban areas.  We hope that the next Government listens carefully to views of the National CLT Network and recognises that community land trusts are an important component to deliver more affordable housing". Gary Hartin, Programme Manager, The Nationwide Foundation

"The Building Social Housing Foundation is keen to see the growth of CLTs as one of the forms of community-led housing which are addressing some of the flaws in today's housing markets, helping to reconnect communities, generate great social value and provide genuinely affordable homes", Jennifer Line, Building Social Housing Foundation

"Garden Cities and Community Land Trusts go hand in hand in the creation of a socially and economic sustainable community. If a new settlement doesn't have a CLT model in its DNA then I can't see how it could be called a garden city". Philip Ross, Chair of the Garden City Alliance


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