Bjorn Howard, group CEO of Aster Group, said:

“The sector will be glad that the election result removes at least some of the prevailing uncertainty currently enveloping the country, even if Brexit is set to dominate 2020.

“I now urge the government to think carefully before making wholesale changes to how shared ownership works. As interest in it continues to increase, we must ensure that attempts to ‘simplify’ the model don’t cause it to stray too far from its core function – to offer an alternative route onto the housing ladder and provide security of tenure.”

“It was encouraging to see the major parties recognise the pressing need for more social and affordable housing during the election campaign. We continue to believe that we as housing associations are the perfect partners to government – both national and local – in increasing supply across Britain.”