Autumn Statement: LGA responds to housing announcements

"It is positive that the Chancellor has recognised our calls for the Government to invest in the building of new affordable homes to rent and buy and in infrastructure that is linked to housing growth."


LGA press release 23 November 2016

Responding to measures to boost affordable housebuilding announced in the Autumn Statement, Lord Porter, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said:

"It is positive that the Chancellor has recognised our calls for the Government to invest in the building of new affordable homes to rent and buy and in infrastructure that is linked to housing growth. Councils must be able to shape investment to ensure it helps build the right homes in the right places.

"Only an increase of all types of housing – including those for affordable or social rent – will increase affordability and make it easier for working families to save for a deposit to buy their first home.

"If we are to stand any chance of solving our housing crisis, the Government's forthcoming housing strategy must hand councils the powers and funding to resume their historic role as a major builder of affordable homes.

"Councils must be given a leading role in building the new homes that are needed and help people live healthy and happy lives and build strong communities. This means allowing them to borrow to invest in housing and keep 100 per cent of the receipts from properties sold through Right to Buy to build new homes."