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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.

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Anna Rose appointed new head of the Planning Advisory Service

Anna Rose, Director of Growth, Economy and Culture at Milton Keynes Council, has been appointed as the new Head of the Planning Advisory Service (PAS).

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Housing shortage forces councils to spend £2 million a day on temporary accommodation

A chronic shortage of affordable housing is forcing cash-strapped councils to spend more than £2 million a day on temporary accommodation for homeless families, analysis by the Local Government Association reveals today.

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LGA responds to English Housing Survey

Cllr Judith Blake, Local Government Association Housing spokesperson, responded to the publication of the 2015/16 English Housing Survey.