DCLG has announced that from 2020 to 2025 housing associations are entitled to increase their rents by 1% over CPI inflation. 

Sounds obscure? Housing associations (ie Registered Providers) had been facing a rent cut imposed by then chancellor George Osborne. This caused significant problems for housing association business plans as a huge proportion of their incomes comes from rent. They are nearly all charities and therefore had to trim their development programmes to account for a loss of income. 

When you consider that HAs were responsible for 71% of housing starts in 2016 and that they own and rent out 10% of all English homes you can see the potential for increased development now that DCLG have confirmed that their income will not be declining.