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Octavia Hill

Today (Dec 3) marks the 182nd anniversary of the birth of Octavia Hill in Wisbech. One of the founders of the National Trust and a social reformer and philanthropist, Octavia Hill was instrumental in changing the face of housing for those most in need and her legacy still holds true today – more than a century after her death. The fact her work was referenced in the Government’s social housing recent white paper shows just how important and lasting her contribution was. She said her aim was to make lives noble, homes happy and family life good – something we should all aspire to. I am particularly pleased that this Government has prioritised tackling homeless including in our response to Covid with the Everyone In campaign, and in the Spending Review where a significant increase in funding has been allocated both to tackling homelessness specifically and also in the £12 billion of funding for more affordable homes. Octavia Hill’s legacy is one we should continue to honour.


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