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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."

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Housing backlog – more than a million homes with planning permission not yet built

​​​​​​​More than a million homes granted planning permission in the past decade have not yet been built, according to new analysis by the Local Government Association.

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LGA responds to discounted First Homes consultation launch

“Councils support measures to enable home ownership. It is important that this does not come at the expense of providing truly affordable homes for rent."

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LGA responds to CPRE report on new housing design

“High-quality homes for affordable and social rent are desperately needed across the country now, and councils need to be able to resume their role as major builders of affordable homes."

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LGA responds to Shelter survey of private renters

“It is alarming that so many private renters are suffering from housing worries, and councils want to work with government to help meet the challenges renters face."

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LGA - Over 13,500 affordable homes lost through office conversions

The LGA said councils want to work with the Government to tackle the housing shortage and ensure new housing meets the needs of communities. As part of this, it is calling on permitted development rules to be scrapped and local communities to be allowed to have a vital say on new developments in their area.

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LGA responds to Local Government Ombudsman Housing Benefit Report

“The report highlights some important learning for councils and government to take forward to improve fairness and accuracy within the benefits system."

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Successful applicants for LGA Housing Advisers Programme announced

The programme is designed to support councils by funding the provision of independent expertise for councils undertaking specific projects to tackle the effects of the housing crisis in their local communities.

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Queen's Speech: LGA responds to Building Safety Bill

“The tragedy that unfolded at Grenfell Tower must never be allowed to happen again and we must ensure that those who live, work and visit high-rise and high-risk buildings are safe."

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LGA responds to latest house building statistics

“The last time the country built more than 300,000 homes a year was 1977/78, when councils built 44 per cent of them."