Queen’s Speech: LGA responds to Draft Rental Tenancies Bill

“It’s good to see the Government continues to see housing as a priority. However, councils are much more ambitious about increasing housing supply to deliver quality, affordable homes, supported by local services and infrastructure."


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Cllr Martin Tett, Housing spokesman at the Local Government Association, said:

“It’s good to see the Government continues to see housing as a priority. However, councils are much more ambitious about increasing housing supply to deliver quality, affordable homes, supported by local services and infrastructure.

“This will require the Government to go much further than the implementation of the Housing White Paper reforms. In particular, we’d like to hear more on how local government can work to ensure the ‘new Council Housing Deals’, outlined in the Conservative manifesto, can deliver the homes our communities need quickly.”

“Delivering 1.5 million new homes by 2022 cannot happen without local government. Lifting the housing borrowing cap, and allowing councils to keep 100 per cent of the receipts from Right to Buy sales, will allow councils to play a much greater role in increasing housing supply.

“A thriving private rented sector can contribute to a balanced mix of available housing and councils have a stake in ensuring that tenants have access to decent housing. Any reforms should be implemented in a manner that is fair to decent landlords, whilst protecting tenants from substandard accommodation. This requires a local approach, led by councils.”