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LGA statement on PAC report on cladding progress

“We urge the Government to act on all the Committee’s recommendations without delay. Issues raised in the report around insurance, mortgages and the skills shortage rightly highlight the serious challenges that need to be overcome if all buildings are to be made safe."

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LGA responds to Government 'Planning for the Future' proposal

“Councils are committed to ensuring new homes are built and communities have quality places to live."

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LGA responds to shelter research on private renting parents

Cllr David Renard, LGA housing spokesman, responds to research from Shelter showing that nearly one in five (17 per cent) private renting parents – equivalent to 458,000 adults - are now more concerned their family will become homeless as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

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LGA responds to PACAC report on infrastructure projects

“The Committee is absolutely right to say the Government’s infrastructure projects need to be more responsive to local need, with local support and local input."

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LGA responds to a report on change of use permitted development rights

“This independent report rightly backs our long-standing concerns over the detrimental impact on local communities of rules allowing home conversions without planning permission. It provides further evidence on why it is more vital than ever that planning should remain local."

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LGA responds to Shelter research on number of homes lost due to COVID-19

Responding to figures from Shelter showing around 84,000 fewer homes could be delivered in England this year due to the impact of coronavirus, Cllr David Renard, LGA housing spokesman, said: “Housing must be a central part of the national recovery from coronavirus. Now is the time for a genuine renaissance in council house-building that reduces homelessness, gets rough sleepers off the streets for good, supports people’s wellbeing and is climate-friendly. “Giving councils the powers and tools to deliver a programme of 100,000 social homes a year would not only meet a third of the

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to new construction industry measures

"We are pleased the Government has acted on our call for an extension of the time given to commence planning permissions that would otherwise lapse."

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LGA responds to housing for ageing population report

“As we look to restart the housing market and build the homes the country needs, it is vital we make sure that we meet the housing needs of older people."

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LGA responds to Government plans to restart housing market

“It is good that government has brought forward measures to ensure that planning departments can continue to operate effectively within current public health guidelines."

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LGA responds to planning proposals

“Yesterday’s funding announced in the Budget for the Affordable Homes Programme was a positive step, and confirmation of the Housing Infrastructure Fund will help build new homes."