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LGA response to LUHC Committee's report on social housing

“Long-term certainty on powers and funding could help councils deliver an ambitious build programme of 100,000 high-quality, climate-friendly social homes a year.”

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LGA response to DLUHC's latest homelessness statistics

“To tackle rising homelessness, the building of affordable homes must be prioritised."

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LGA call on the Government to not abandon Renters’ Reform Bill as no-fault evictions rise by 23 per cent in a year

“We urge the Government to stay the course and abolish Section 21 notices to provide renters greater security.”

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Right to Buy needs reform to avoid social housing stock losses

The LGA is proposing reforms to the Right to Buy scheme in order to prevent the current net loss of much-needed social housing stock year on year currently being experienced by local authorities.

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LGA response to social housing allocations consultation

"We are calling on the Government to use the Budget to grant councils the flexibilities needed to resume their historic role as a major builder of affordable homes."

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LGA statement on Housing Secretary speech on planning and housing

"The reality is that planning is not a barrier to house building. Nine in 10 planning applications are approved by councils despite significant resourcing and capacity issues across the country."

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Empty homes in England rise by nearly 10 per cent in five years

The number of long-term empty homes has increased nationally by nearly 10 per cent over the past five years, the equivalent of just over one per cent of the country’s housing stock, a new report commissioned by the Local Government Association reveals today. 

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King's Speech: LGA statement on Renters’ Reform Bill

“This Bill will help to achieve better standards in the private rented sector through increasing the rights of tenants and enabling them to better hold landlords to account."

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£1.74 billion spent supporting 104,000 households in temporary accommodation

Increasing numbers of families are turning to councils for temporary accommodation as homelessness reaches record highs, the Local Government Association warns.  Analysis from the LGA, which represent councils across England, reveals that the number of households living in temporary accommodation has risen by 89 per cent over the past decade to 104,000 households at the end of March 2023 – the highest figures since records began in 1998 – costing councils at least £1.74 billion in 2022/23.  The severe shortage of social housing means councils are being forced to pay to house people in private


LGA responds to Housing Ombudsman's Annual Complaints Review

Councils are working hard to deliver good outcomes for tenants and are committed to improving housing conditions for all residents.