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LGA responds to latest Government Right to Buy sales stats

“Councils have lost out on enough homes to house the population of Oxford in the last five years, and we urgently need a model of Right to Buy that actually allows councils to build more homes, in order to increase the opportunities for families."

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Government awards councils new funding

The Government has announced today that 90 per cent of councils are now part of a programme that will create 44,000 new jobs and release land for 25,000 new homes.

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Development deadlock: council planning departments 'hampered' by missing out on £70 million, LGA warns

Council planning departments are set to miss out on an extra £70 million by the end of the financial year, ‘hampering’ their ability to process applications, if the Government does not urgently bring forward measures to increase planning fees, the LGA warns today.

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LGA responds to Shelter report on homeless children

“It’s heart-breaking to think of any child experiencing homelessness, especially at Christmas, which is why councils are focused on trying to prevent homelessness happening in the first place."

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LGA responds to latest Government affordable house-building figures

“An increase in the number of affordable homes is good news, however the Government themselves have set a target of delivering 300,000 new homes, of all types and tenure, a year, which is what we need to be working towards."

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'Let all councils borrow to build' LGA Senior Vice Chair Cllr Nick Forbes urges Government at Treasury Select Committee

Cllr Nick Forbes, Senior Vice-Chair of the Local Government Association, has today urged the Government to allow all councils to borrow to build, in an appearance before the House of Commons’ Treasury Select Committee.

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Councils call for urgent steer on high rise cladding replacement

“No-one should have to live in fear about their safety, be that in the buildings they live in, work in or visit."

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Budget 2017: LGA responds to housing measures

“The LGA has long called for councils to be given greater freedom to borrow to build new homes and today’s Budget has taken a step towards that by lifting the housing borrowing cap for some councils. This is an important recognition of our argument about the vital role that councils must play to boost homes for local families in need and solve our housing crisis. “There are other measures in the Budget that will make a difference, especially more funding for Land Assembly, the Housing Infrastructure Fund and for SME builders. These are all measures councils have been making a case for. “Planni

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LGA responds to the latest housebuilding figures and Communities Secretary speech

'While today’s housebuilding figures are encouraging, we are still significantly short of the 300,000 homes we need to be building each year. The last time we hit that number, in the 1970s, councils built more than 40 per cent of them.'

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LGA responds to Government housing announcement

"We have no chance of housing supply meeting demand unless councils can build again. For that to happen, the Chancellor needs to use the Autumn Budget to let councils borrow to build again."