Lee Bloomfield, MHA Chief Executive

Bradford’s Manningham Housing Association Chief Executive, Lee Bloomfield, offered his reaction to today’s Budget.

In a released statement, Bloomfield expressed disappointment, though not without expectation, regarding the Chancellor’s omission of a commitment to construct additional critically needed affordable homes.

“Alongside the six-month extension to the Household Support Fund, the well-trailed cut to National Insurance was welcome but it seems that will be paid for by phantom efficiency savings which, if they do not materialise, raise the prospect of further deep cuts to public services which are already in crisis.

“Those on middle and higher incomes will benefit most from the key Budget measures, particularly with the personal tax thresholds freeze remaining in place.

“Housing association tenants were far from the Chancellor’s thoughts.”