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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 Civitas report calling for land market reform

"An effective land market is critical to delivering more genuinely affordable homes with the infrastructure and services that communities need."

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LGA responds to Government announcement on letting agent fees

"This ban on letting agent fees and a cap on holding deposits will bring much-needed clarity for the private rented sector."

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Average house price is now eight times the average wage, councils warn

The average house price in England is now almost eight times the average wage, sparking a call from councils to be allowed to invest significantly in house building.

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Response to the Government's plan to bring forward social housing green paper

LGA is keen to work with government to ensure that the green paper accelerates the actual building of new homes communities can afford, says Housing spokesman Cllr Martin Tett.

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Taxpayers to subsidise planning application costs by £1bn over next five years

“It is wrong for communities to keep being forced to spend hundreds of millions each year to cover the cost of all planning applications."

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'Home-owning hopelessness' as private renters fear they'll never get on property ladder

Nearly two thirds (63 per cent) of private renters in England never expect to buy their own property because they won’t be able to afford one, as councils warn of the nation's growing "home-owning hopelessness".

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LGA calls for ‘urgent and immediate’ building regulation review

"We cannot wait for the result of the public inquiry or coroner’s report before this review is started. We have to act based on what we know now, while being prepared to revisit the building regulations again in the future if any additional lessons need to be learned."

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LGA unveils Housing Advisers Programme

The Local Government Association has today unveiled the Housing Advisers Programme – a new scheme to help councils tackle local housing challenges.

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Rental logjam as one in seven private renters spend half their income on rent: LGA analysis

A shortage of affordable housing is leaving a generation stuck in a “rental logjam”, warns the Local Government Association (LGA) today.