LGA responds to Shelter report on private renting during pandemic

Cllr David Renard, LGA housing spokesperson, responds o a report from Shelter which has found only half of private renters feel safe in their home during the coronavirus pandemic.


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Responding to a report from Shelter which has found only half of private renters feel safe in their home during the coronavirus pandemic, Cllr David Renard, Local Government Association housing spokesperson, said:

“While the impact of COVID-19 on the private rented sector is yet to be seen, what is clear is the desperate need for the country to build more social housing, which these findings show.  

“With more than one million households on council housing waiting lists, the Spending Review needs to give councils the powers and tools to get building council homes again, which would not only help to meet the Government’s annual 300,000 housing target, but reduce homelessness, get rough sleepers off the streets and support people’s wellbeing.

“This includes reforming Right to Buy and allowing councils to keep receipts in full so they can replace any social housing lost, and being able to set discounts locally.”

Notes to editors

Councils in England face a funding gap of more than £5 billion by 2024 to maintain services at current levels - this figure could double amid the huge economic and societal uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The LGA’s detailed submission to the Comprehensive Spending Review sets out how £10 billion is needed to not only plug this gap but meet growing demand pressures and improve services for communities.