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LGA responds to new planning rules coming into force

“Local government shares the collective ambition to build more homes in the right locations, genuinely affordable for local people to either rent or buy, of high quality and the right type."

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LGA responds to launch of new independent rough sleeping commission

“Councils are determined to build on the success of the Everyone In initiative, which has demonstrated what can be achieved when all parts of the public and voluntary sector work together to get people sleeping rough off the streets and into safe accommodation."

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LGA responds to Public Accounts Committee report on rough sleeping

“As this report rightly recognises, councils responded rapidly and decisively in getting people sleeping rough off the streets during the Everyone In initiative."

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LGA responds to vaccine prioritisation for homeless people and rough sleepers

“It is positive that there is now clarity that local teams are able to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to people experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping."

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LGA responds to further extension of bailiff enforced eviction ban

“As we come out of the pandemic, we are keen to work with government on a long-term plan to give renters the safeguards and protections they need to help them stay in their homes, in as many cases as possible."

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LGA responds to rough sleeping figures

“Councils, working closely with central government, have put in a monumental effort since the start of the pandemic and the Everyone In initiative to rapidly get the vast majority of people sleeping rough off the streets and into safe and suitable accommodation."

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LGA statement on leaseholder cladding cost measures

"It is good that the Secretary of State has secured unprecedented funding to ensure leaseholders in high-rise blocks will not have to pay anything towards cladding remediation. This is an important step towards protecting leaseholders from the unfair cost of a crisis that is not of their making and something the LGA has long-called for."

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LGA responds to announcement of new housing development rules

Responding to the announcement that all new housing developments must meet local standards of beauty, quality and design, Cllr David Renard, housing spokesperson for the LGA, said: “We look forward to seeing the details of the draft national design code and the new Office for Place. We want to continue to work with the Government to get these proposals right. “Councils need to be at the forefront of a locally determined planning system which meets the housing needs and aspirations of their communities, and support proposals that go some way to facilitating that. “Along with government

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Successful applicants for LGA Housing Advisers’ Programme announced

The Local Government Association has announced the 17 successful applicants for its Housing Advisers Programme 2020/21 (HAP), an innovative scheme to help councils overcome housing challenges in their local areas, address the impact of COVID-19 on the housing crisis and meet the housing needs of local communities.

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LGA responds to new national construction products regulator

“It is good that the Government has listened to councils’ concerns and announced a review into testing to ensure our national approach is fit for purpose, alongside the new national construction products regulator."