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Social housing

Building social housing over 20 years could have saved renters £1.8 billion

The loss of social housing has led to more and more individuals and families finding themselves pushed into an often more expensive and less secure private rented sector. As a result, the housing benefit bill paid to private landlords has more than doubled since the early 2000s.

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LGA responds to the NAO's planning for new homes report

We remain clear that the Government’s housing needs formula does not take into account the complexity and unique needs of local housing markets, which vary significantly from place to place, and imposes unfair and undeliverable targets on communities.

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Response to the MHCLG rapid rehousing pathway

Every instance of homelessness is an individual tragedy and councils are determined to prevent homelessness from happening in the first place and support families affected.

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Response to Civitas report on household growth

A genuine renaissance in council housebuilding would not only boost housing supply, but increase affordability and the number of people able to get on the housing ladder.

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Report: Councils empowering and engaging tenants

A new report published by the Local Government Association and Tpas sets out how councils are empowering and engaging their tenants. 

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LGA responds to rough sleeping figures

“Proper resourcing of local government funding is essential if we are going to end homelessness."

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LGA responds to rogue landlord funding

"Councils want to support a good quality local private rented offer in their communities, but can be held back by significant funding pressures and uncertainty. It is therefore good that the Government has announced a funding boost for councils to help ensure the small minority of rogue landlords improve standards."

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LGA responds to Shelter report on social housing

Cllr Martin Tett, Housing spokesman for the LGA, responds to a report by Shelter calling for government to invest in a 20-year housebuilding programme and extend the social housing eligibility criteria.

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Response to ONS figures on the number of deaths of homeless people

Every death of a homeless person is preventable. We must make this everybody's business to work together to stop this tragic loss of life and stop homelessness from happening in the first place.

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LGA responds to temporary accommodation figures

"The increasing use of temporary accommodation is not only financially unsustainable for councils but it is hugely disruptive for those families placed in such accommodation."