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Renters’ Reform Bill: LGA statement

“The removal of ‘no fault’ evictions is a significant step towards tackling our national homelessness crisis."

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Over 50 per cent increase needed on planning fees for councils to break even

Plans to increase planning fees by 35 per cent will not be enough to prevent a significant national shortfall or solve capacity issues in the sector.

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Exploiting social housing has detrimental impact on people’s lives – LGA responds to NAO report on supported housing

“We share councils’ concern about the minority of unscrupulous landlords who exploit the supported housing system."

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Perfect storm for stretched homelessness services – LGA on Ombudsman Homelessness Reduction Act report

“Homelessness pressures, combined with depleting social housing stock and an unaffordable private rented sector feels like a perfect storm for already stretched council services."

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Almost 60,000 homes sold through Right to Buy will not be replaced by 2030

100,000 homes are likely to be sold through the RTB scheme by 2030, with just 43,000 replaced as significant discounts leave councils without funding to replace the much-needed homes on a like-for-like basis.

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Homelessness numbers will continue to rise without urgent action – LGA on homelessness statistics

“Councils work incredibly hard to prevent the tragedy of homelessness from happening, as well as supporting those who find themselves affected and are very concerned at today’s statistics, which are from before the worst of the cost of living crisis hit families."

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‘Councils determined to improve housing conditions’ – LGA responds to damp and mould findings

Councils continue to fully support efforts to inspect homes and drive up standards in both the social housing and private rented sector.

Housing Advisers Programme 2022/23

Successful applicants for LGA’s Housing Advisers Programme announced

Twenty-one councils have been successful in their applications for the Local Government Association’s 2022/23 Housing Advisers Programme (HAP).

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More than 4,500 primary school classes worth of children spending Christmas in temporary accommodation

Over 4,500 primary school classes worth of homeless children are spending Christmas in temporary accommodation amid concerns of a national homelessness crisis.

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LGA responds to DLUHC announcement on housebuilding targets

Councils are committed to working with government and developers to build the housing the country needs.