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Double councils tax on empty homes - councils urge lords to back new powers

Thousands of empty properties across England could be brought back into use if councils are allowed to double the rate of extra council tax on empty homes, local government leaders say today.

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Action needs to combat 'historic low' social housing numbers

The definition of “affordable housing” must include homes for social rent in forthcoming government changes to planning policy to tackle the historic low numbers of social rented homes across the country, the Local Government Association says today.

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LGA responds to latest Government homelessness figures

“Rising homelessness demonstrates the need for the duties that the Homelessness Reduction Act imposed on councils are fully funded and resourced."

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LGA responds to publishing of Housing Revenue Account borrowing programme prospectus

“The LGA has been clear that councils must be given greater freedom to borrow to build desperately-needed new homes in their local areas and play a leading role in solving our housing shortage."

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LGA responds to Royal Town Planning Institute report on Planning

"Councils understand the importance of planning for local communities and residents - it's essential that communities are able to have oversight over homes and environments in their local area."

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LGA responds to Locality report on public buildings

"Councils take their responsibilities to maintain public buildings and the public spaces in their care extremely seriously. "

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Right to Buy replacement will be all but eliminated in just five years, warns LGA

Councils’ ability to replace homes sold under Right to Buy (RTB) will be all but eliminated within five years without major reform of the scheme, new analysis from the Local Government association reveals today.

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LGA responds to rough sleeping fund announcement

"Only by triggering the renaissance in council house-building that we need can we put in place the long-term reforms that will help make homelessness a thing of the past."

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LGA responds to new powers giving local authorities oversight over town development regulations

"It is positive that the Government has listened to the views of local communities on local development corporations."

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165,000 homes could be built with local communities ignored

Government housebuilding targets risk allowing just under 165,000 new homes to bypass scrutiny by the local community, a new analysis by the Local Government Association warns today.