Cllr David Renard, housing spokesman at the Local Government Association, responds to the Government launching a consultation on its First Homes scheme.
“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.
“Not everybody is ready to buy and we will be making the case in this consultation that local areas will need discretion on the number of First Homes required in new developments. This will allow councils to ensure a mix of homes – to rent and buy – are available and affordable to people that need them.
“A genuine renaissance in council housebuilding would increase housing supply, boost home ownership and reduce homelessness. The last time this country built homes at the scale that we need now was in the 1970s when councils built more than 40 per cent of them. Councils were trusted to get on and build homes that their communities needed, and they delivered, and they can do so again.
“For that to happen, the Government needs to use the forthcoming Budget to reform Right to Buy, by allowing councils to keep receipts of homes sold under RTB in full and to have the flexibility to set discounts locally.”